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Harvard University Press, , pp. Perry titles this fable "Man's Years. Thomas Yoseloff, , no. Daly titles this fable "Man's Years. The Duration of Life Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm When God created the world and was about to determine the duration of life for all the creatures, the donkey came and asked, "Lord, how long am I to live? Think of my tiresome existence carrying heavy loads from morning until night, dragging bags of grain to the mill so that others might eat bread, only to be cheered along and refreshed with kicks and blows! Spare me part of this long time. The donkey went away satisfied, and the dog made his appearance.
Just think how much I have to run. My feet will not hold out so long. And what can I do but growl and run from one corner to another after I have lost my voice for barking and my teeth for biting? Then came the monkey.
When it rains porridge, I don't have a spoon. I am always supposed to be playing funny tricks and making faces so people will laugh, but when they give me an apple and I bite into it, it is always sour. How often is sorrow hidden behind a joke. I cannot put up with all that for thirty years! Finally man made his appearance. Cheerful, healthy, and refreshed, he asked God to determine the duration of his life. Oh, Lord, extend my time. Thus man lives seventy years. The first thirty are his human years, and they quickly disappear. Here he is healthy and happy; he works with pleasure, and enjoys his existence.
The donkey's eighteen years follow. Here one burden after the other is laid on him; he carries the grain that feeds others, and his faithful service is rewarded with kicks and blows.
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Then come the dog's twelve years, and he lies in the corner growling, no longer having teeth with which to bite. And when this time is past, the monkey's ten years conclude.
Now man is weak headed and foolish; he does silly things and becomes a laughingstock for children. Berlin, , no. Aarne-Thompson type also categorized as type Link to a file containing only this tale: Return to the table of contents. Man and His Years Romania When God had created the world, he called all his creatures together to grant them their span of life, and to tell them how long they would live and what manner of life they would lead. The first to appear before God was man. And God said to him, "You, man, shall be king of the world, walking erect upon your feet and looking up to heaven.
I give you a noble countenance. The power of thought and judgment shall be yours, and the capacity of disclosing your innermost thoughts by means of speech. All that lives and moves and goes about the earth shall be under your rule, the winged birds and the creeping things shall obey you. Yours shall be all the fruits of the tree and land, and your life shall be thirty years. The turn came to the donkey. He stepped forward to hear what God had decreed for him. The Creator said, "You shall work hard; you shall carry heavy burdens and be constantly beaten.
You shall always be scolded and have very little rest. Your food shall be a poor one of thistles and thorns, and your life shall be fifty years. Am I to work so hard and carry such heavy burdens and then live on for fifty years in such misery? Innocent puppies are bitten to death by an unknown dog. Focused on adolescent "fierce dog" Storm and her struggle to find her place in the pack which includes many dogs from the earlier series , the story offers many positive messages about integrity, belonging, obeying authority for the good of everyone, and finding your own path.
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Dog-loving kids will lap up the adventures and empathize with Storm, though some will find it sad that the dogs are forced to fend for themselves because they've lost the humans who loved them. Kids who've read the six books in the first Survivors series and are familiar with the characters, setting, and relationships will have an easier time plunging into this one.
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Add your rating See all 1 parent review. Add your rating See all 2 kid reviews. Storm, a young Fierce Dog taken in as an orphan pup by Sweet and Lucky's pack, saved them in an earlier book by killing an enemy. Now, she faces a lot of day-to-day challenges. Fans of Erin Hunter's first Survivors series will lap up this tale of a young dog's coming-of-age struggles as her pack confronts danger in a post-disaster world.
There are plenty of positive messages about duty, belonging, and the challenges of leadership in this first installment of the Gathering Darkness series. The tale keeps the pages turning with exciting scenes of hunting and peril, plus relatable situations, such as being afraid, confused, or misunderstood -- and finding wisdom and comfort from friends.
Those new to the series might want to read the original six Survivors books first, because the characters, relationships, and cosmology involving formerly domestic dogs fending for themselves in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake, as well as canine myths about Sun Dog, Earth Dog, Fear Dog, and the like might be a bit overwhelming.
Never fear, because the relentlessly productive "Erin Hunter" actually a six-woman syndicate of five writers and an editor includes a whopping 12 pages at the back of the book promoting her complete works, catalog-style, which besides Survivors include Warriors about cats and Seekers about bears. Families can talk about why animal stories are so popular. How are they different from stories about human characters? How are they alike? How would you feel if you were punished for something you didn't do?
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