The Snail and The Deer


A podcast series of Filipino folk tales brought to us by Areté and the Ateneo de Manila Basic Education.

Today’s podcast story is called “The Snail and The Deer”, obtained from the book, Filipino Popular Tales, by Dean S. Fansler and read by Alexa Q. Perez.

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Learning Guide
Prepared by Kristine Anne P. Valdellon.

A. Discussion Question:
How would you judge the way the snail won over the deer? Do you think it was fair? Why do you think it was fair? Alternatively, what do you think should be the rules of a contest to make it fair for all participants, snail and deer?

B. Learning Activity
The story illustrates the use of intellectual strength to overcome a physical weakness or disadvantage. What other wisdom can you derive from the snail’s experience? Write one advice and put it together with your classmates into a poster. See sample below:

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Source: Dean S. Fansler, Filipino Popular Tales. Lancaster, PA. and New York: American Folklore Society and G. E. Stechert and Co., 1921. Available from Project Gutenberg.

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