The Stories from the Jatakas:5-in-1 is a collection of five different tales handpicked from the series of Amar Chitra Katha. Written by Anant Pai, the stories are based on the five different animals and its fables. The comic book has fine illustrations of the characters giving the reader a visual pleasure, as well. It is funny, witty and educative book that can be read anytime, whether it is playtime or bedtime.
The collection has five different titles:Monkey Stories, Bird Stories, Deer Stories, Elephant Stories, and Jackal Stories. Monkey Stories have monkeys as its protagonists and imparting the lessons of common sense, wittiness and leadership. In these stories, the monkeys outsmart the dangerous crocodiles, powerful kings and even the fearsome ogres. The Deer Stories is all about loyalty, kindness and sacrifices. In the stories, some deer are trapped by a hunter but their friends come to their rescue, a deer helps a man in his difficult times who in return harms the deer, but the deer forgives him, and in another story, a golden deer decides to sacrifice herself for a to-be mother deer, who is to be served to a king. The Elephant Stories has an elephant helping all the needy ones whom he comes across, without a second thought. The elephant helps a lost traveler find his way to the city and gives the tusks so that the traveler can sell it for money. In other stories, the elephant protects a young quail and help wood cutters lift and carry the logs. The Bird Stories has lessons on the disadvantages of greediness. It has stories about some hawk fledglings rescued from the trap of a hunter by other animals and birds, a greedy woman plucking out all the feathers of her golden swan that ends in the swan losing its charm, etc. The Jackal stories portray the cunningness, dishonesty and selfishness of jackals, but it is also their wisdom if used for the good of its community.
Anant Pai is the famous Indian educationalist and creator of Amar Chitra Katha. Famously known as Uncle Pai, he launched the Tinkle series, as well. Ancient Tales of Wit and Wisdom:5-in-1 is another famous work from the series. You can order online the hardcover published by Amar Chitra Katha Private Limited with the ISBN-10:8184821727 and ISBN-13:978-8184821727.