Here's another overview, this time for a very influential Panchatantra derivative known as the "fables of Bidpai." One of the important tasks I'll have after finishing all the overviews is to go back and add a few sentences to help students choose between closely related reading units. So, for example, students who like elaborate nested stories-within-stories should choose the Panchatantra, but people who like short and pointed free-standing stories in the style of Aesop's fables should choose Bidpai. Or, they can choose both units to compare and contrast! By writing up brief but good overviews, along with comparative observations like that, I hope that the process of choosing the reading selection can be part of the learning that goes on in the class, so that students will become aware of the units that they are NOT choosing, seeing how these all fit together in a bigger picture.
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