Fables and Plants

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FriesenPress, 2011 - Literary Collections - 160 pages
Most American readers have only heard of Aesop's Fables, as he is the most prominent fable writer. But there were three major regions of the world that produced prolific fables: China, Greece and India. This book is an English translation of a Chinese collection of fables from editor Gao Jing Xuan. While most fables use animals as their main characters, this book is unique in that it uses plants to teach moral lessons. The fables included are from both modern and classical Chinese authors. In Fables and Plants, we emphasize plants because they are often not given the same attention in fables as animals. But plants were created by God before He created animals and human beings. Plants are also colorful, beautiful and fragrant and can provide great comfort and pleasure to humans. The Three Friends of Winter (bamboo, pine and plum) and Four Gentleman's Flowers (Orchid in Spring, Lotus in summer, Chrysanthemum in the Fall and Plum in the winter) were highly praised and loved by Chinese poets and artists. All of these plants were included in these stories.
 

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Contents

THE GRAPEERUIT AND THE APPLE
1
A YOUNG SHOOT AND A WOODEN STICK
2
THE LILAC AND THE RIVER
3
THE GRAPEVINE THE CHAIN AND THE PEOPLE
4
THE GRAPEVINE AND THE OLD TREE
5
THE MUSHROOM AND THE OAK NUT
6
THE GARDENER AND THE OLD TREE
7
THE VINE
8
A DANDELION
62
A TREASURED ELoWER
63
THE EATE OF THE PEAR TREE
64
THE RosE AND THE GRASS
65
A PINE TREE LOOKS DOWN ON ITS ENEMY
66
THE AMBITION 0E A WHITE WAX TREE
67
THE PEONY
68
THE TRAGEDY OF A WILLOW TREE
69

THE LEAVES AND THE ROOTS OE A TREE
9
FLOWERS
10
THE OAK TREE AND THE REED
11
THE FOREST AND THE WOODSMAN
12
THE OAK TREE AND THE WALNUT TREE
13
A LARGE TREE
14
THE ROSE BUSH AND THE APPLE TREE
15
WHY THE ORCHID
17
A TALE OF THE SAD BARNYARD GRASS
19
LANTERN
21
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE OLEANDER AND THE PEACH
22
THE WIND AND THE PEACH TREE
23
THE PROUD ARTEMISIA
25
THE WILD MUM AND THE GREEN PEONY
27
THE TRUTH OF LIFE
28
WHY THE PURPLE VINE ALWAYS HANGS ITS HEAD
29
DO NOT NITPICK OVER LITILE THINGS
31
THE PINE TREE AND THE LAKE
33
THE ROMANCE OF A DATE TREE
34
THE BIG LOCUST TREE
35
THE DWARF TREE WHO WANTED TO BEAR FRUIT
36
SHOW YOUR GLORY
37
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A PEONY
39
33WORTH THE EFFORT
40
IRRADIATE FRAGANCE IN SNOWY WEATHER
41
IMPATIENCE RESULTS IN A GREEN AND BITIER APPLE
42
HARVEST SEASON
43
as AUTUMN WIND
45
THE TEA LEAE AND THE EALLING LEAE
47
A RosE IN THE PoT
48
THE PEONY AND THE WILD MUM
49
A POTFED PINE BONSAI
50
THE ELoWER AND THE ROOTS
51
THE PINE TREE AND THE PLANTAIN
53
A BROAD LEAFED EPIPHYLLUM
55
THE BANANA AND THE CANNA
57
RED AND GREEN
58
4s TWO DATE TREES
59
A THORNY PLANT AND A RUBBER BALL
60
THE LITFLE GRASS WHo GREW OUT OF A LARGE ROCK
61
FLOWERS DO NOT LAST FOREVER
70
THE CAMPHOR TREE AND THE POPLAR TREE
71
A CAMELLIA FLOWER AND SNOWFLAKES
72
A FRUIT TREE
73
THE MORNING GLORY
74
THE PEONY AND THE SWEET OSMANTHUS
75
THE PEONY AND THE SNOW PLUM
76
THE TEA TREE AND THE WHITE FIG TREE
77
THE ORCHID
78
A PARASITIC VINE
79
THE WATER LILY AND THE DUCKWEED
80
TWO TREES
81
A STRAIGHT AND TALL BAMBOO
83
A SUNFLOWER
84
THE PEACH FRUIT AND THE PEACH LEAF
85
TWO SEEDS
86
THE PEACH TREE THE LOCUST TREE AND THE WINTERJASMINE
87
A MALE FLOWER AND GREEN LEAVES OF THE LUFFA
89
THE ASPEN SEED AND THE HAZELNUT SEED
90
AND THE PLASTIC FLOWER
92
THE MAPLE TREE
93
TWO PEAR TREES
94
THE MAPLE THE GINGKO AND THE PINE TREE
95
THE REED THE BRANCH AND THE SPARROW
97
AWITHERED LEAF
98
THE LITFLE PINE TREE
99
A TALE OF TWO TREES
100
A BROADLEAFED POPLAR
101
THE SWEET PEA AND THE PEANUT
102
THE MORNING GLORY AND THE GIANT CACTUS
103
THE POMEGRANATE AND THE GARDENER
104
CHAFF AND GRAIN
105
A GANODERMA ON A MOUNTAIN
107
PINE SEEDS
108
A MAPLE LEAF
109
TWO CLUSTERS OF GRAPES
110
RED PEPPER AND PEANUTS
111
THE LITFLE PINE SEED
112
A LITFLE GRASS IN THE WIND
113
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