The Lion & the Hare
A ferocious Lion who kills for sport, and terrorizes the animals of the forest. Finally, the animals flatter Lion into an arrangement where one animal a day, drawn by a lot, willingly become his supper. In return, Lion agrees to stop hunting.
When Hare draws the lot, he forms a plan. He arrives late, and tells Lion he was waylaid by another Lion.
"In my jungle?" roars the beast. "Take me to him."
Hare leads Lion to a deep well.
Upon seeing his own reflection, Lion roars and threatens the "other" lion. Then, the enraged beast charges at his own reflection, and proceeds to
to the bottom of the well, never to be heard from again.
This story is from the Panchatantra, or "Five Chapters," a collection of ancient Indian animal stories, where a wise old man named Vishnusarman uses tales to teach three young princes how to rule wisely.
The story and this illustration can be found in the January 2000 issue of Calliope Magazine,
Ashoka, India's Philosopher King
. This magazine, geared towards grades 5-9, focuses on World History.
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