This book of fables presents stories from various Asian countries. The tales are organized according to the virtue they exemplify. These include unity, forgiveness, sobriety, wisdom, justice and perseverance, among others. Each story is simple enough for younger children to understand. Although they come from a wide variety of countries, their message is universal. Each fable could be used as a starting point for discussions about personal responsibility, charity and understanding. Proverbs at the end of each story provide food for thought. The author includes background information about the fables, examples of similar stories and suggestions as to how to use them as part of a lesson on character.
Jennifer Minicus is a full-time wife and mother currently living in Ridgewood, NJ.