By noon, Prem had grown quite hungry. He sat down under a large tree and unwrapped one of the rice balls that his mother had packed.
As he ate, he noticed something move on a low branch. "Oh," he thought. "A caterpillar has made a chrysalis here. The larva that has been growing inside is getting ready to emerge as a beautiful butterfly. How lucky I am to see this."
Prem watched and waited; and he waited and watched. But the chrysalis moved only slightly, and no butterfly emerged.
Prem grew impatient. "Maybe if I break the chrysalis open a little more, the butterfly will be able to get out more quickly," he thought.
But as he pried the chrysalis open, he saw to his horror that the sudden air was too much for the young butterfly's body. The butterfly needed to come out slowly so its wings could dry. But now it lay shaking on the ground, unable to open its damp, crumpled wings.
Prem was so saddened at what he had done that he began to cry.
Everything has its own time.
Prem's Adventures is the presentation of forty fables and teaching tales from around the world woven into the context of a child's journey. Unique in fable literature, each fable contributes to the plot yet is freestanding and provides its own insight.
The adventure is told in four books of ten fables each. The fables represent Buddhist, Taoist, Zen, Sufi, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, African, Native American, and New Thought traditions.
The fables have been selected to present a comprehensive set of morals and concepts, ranging from Western values of self-reliance to Eastern values of oneness. Together they provide forty reflective moments that can serve as a valuable foundation for any reader on a path of personal growth.
About the Author
Linda Look, a long-time fan of fable literature, is retired from a career in public policy research in Washington, DC. Now living in Wilmington, North Carolina, she is also the developer of the Cosmic Karma Game.