animal help

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I’ve just finished reading the book of the film of Ratatouille (rat-a-too-ee) to Sam. These blockbuster stories are often a bit confused – maybe because they set out to appeal to so many audiences – but we liked the story.

Like Dick Whittington, like Puss in Boots, the tale is about an animal helper elevating a poor boy to riches and fame.

Image © Ken Laidlaw

As in this variant, The Story of A Gazelle (A Swahili Tale), the boy is not entirely happy to admit his debt to his animal saviour.

ONCE upon a time there lived a man who wasted all his money, and grew so poor that his only food was a few grains of corn, which he scratched like a fowl from out of a dust-heap…

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