The Blue Fox: Review
The lessons in the classic Indian story from the Panchatantra, “The Blue Jackal,” has been revised for a young audience in “The Blue Fox.” The story teaches a lesson about being yourself and caring for your family. The original version, The Blue Jackal, tells the story of a jackal that falls into a tub of blue wash dye and uses his blue color to take advantage of the unsuspecting animals in the forest. In iStoryBooks.co version, the blue fox has a similar fate.
Summary of The Blue Fox
As the blue fox is on the hunt for some food in a local village, the fox is chased away by a group of dogs. Fortunately, the fox sees a vase and jumps in it to hide from the pursuing dogs. The vase was full of water that dyed the fox blue. The fox used his new blue color to intimidate the dogs which quickly ran away after the fox jumped from the vase. After looking at his reflection a river, the fox realized that it could use it blue color to its advantage.
The Fox’s Cleverness Backfires
The clever fox created a story about being blessed by a goddess. The fox told the animals of the forest that he was now supposed to become king of the forest. Since the fox was blue, the animals believed it. After being crowned king, the fox was served by the lion, tiger, and wolf. The animals protected the fox, brought it food, and served as the fox’s minister. The fox enjoys being pampered by the animals, until the foxes begin to howl. The king replies with its own howl, which alerts the rest of the animals that the blue fox is just a fox. The angry animals chased the fox out of the forest and it never returned, which is when the fox learned not to be something that it isn’t.
Lessons to Learn from The Blue Fox
There are several other lessons that can be learned from this story. Since the fox tricks the other animals, those animals get upset. Parents and teachers can have a discussions with their children about how those animals felt about being tricked. It is always a good idea for children to think about how other people feel. Parents and teachers can also talk about lying never seems to work out for people. In the short term, the fox benefited from the lie about being a king, but in the long run, the fox was no longer welcome in its home.
Studying the Cultural Differences Between the Fox and the Jackal
Since The Blue Fox is a variation on the classic Panchatantra story called The Blue Jackal, teachers can have students analyze the two stories side-by-side in a compare and contrast lesson. The stories have many similarities about the blue animals taking advantage of the situation, but there are some differences that students would notice. Since the two stories are about different animals, students could also study the differences between a fox and a jackal. They could also try to figure out why iStoryBooks.co decided to use the fox instead of the jackal in this classic story. Students could learn what the jackal and the fox both symbolize in India and the United States.
Study the Sounds and the Identifiers
Another fun activity that teachers and parents could do with their children is listen to recordings of the different animals and their sounds. Students will enjoy learning the sounds and they will also enjoy trying to guess the sounds. After a few listens, teachers can have fun quizzing the kids to see if they can tell the differences. While learning the sounds of the animals, teachers can also share images of their paw prints and their habitats. Children love seeing real prints, so they can compare the animals’ prints to their own. They also love learning about their habitats, the food they eat, and how they care for their young. Learning about the different identifiers, even their droppings, can be a fascinating subject for young children.