The boy who cried wolf Once upon a time there lived a shepherd boy who watched the sheep
of the villagers. One day when he was
sitting at the hillside taking care of the sheep he got very bored. It was lonely for him so he devised a plan to
get a little company! He took a deep breath and started shouting! “Wolf.. Wolf.. The wolf is chasing the sheep He shouted “Wolf.. Wolf.. The wolf is chasing the sheep” He shouted again! He shouted again and
again and again! The villagers stopped
what they were doing and rushed to help the boy! But when they
arrived at the hill they found no wolf! “Where is the wolf?” asked the villagers The boy laughed at the sight
of their angry faces! “I fooled all of you” he laughed at the villagers “Don’t cry wolf” “when there’s no wolf” said the villagers Then they went grumbling
back down the hill. The next day he shouted again “Wolf.. Wolf. The wolf is chasing the sheep” The villagers stopped
what they were doing and rushed to help the boy! He laughed as he saw villagers
running up the hill again to save his sheep! He shouted again He shouted again and
again and again! When the villagers arrived they found no wolf and they got angry! “Didn’t we tell you
not to shout ‘wolf’ when there’s NO WOLF!?” said the villagers. But the boy just grinned and watched them go
back once again. The next day when the boy was
watching the sheep there came a real wolf
attacking his sheep. Alarmed he leaped on his feet and started shouting “Wolf.. The wolf is attacking my sheep. Please help!” But the villagers thought the boy
was trying to fool them again so they continued
with their work. When it was about to get dark the villagers wondered why the
shepherd hadn’t returned. They went up the hill
searching for the boy. They found the boy sitting
alone and weeping. “There really was a
wolf here”said the boy. “I cried for help
why didn’t you come?” One of the villager sat next
to the boy and told him “Nobody believes a liar even when he is
telling the truth” The boy learned his mistake and he never lied to
anyone in his life again! The Frog and the Ox One day a little frog came
hopping upto a big frog who was sitting by the pond. The little frog looked
really excited! “What happened?” asked the big frog “Oh Father I have seen the biggest
frog in the world!” said the little frog “It was as big as a mountain! It had horns on its head a long tail and its nose
was divided into two!” “Ha” said the big frog. “Tush child Tush. You must have seen
the farmers ox!” But the big frog wasn’t willing to accept that the Ox
was greater than him. So he said; “But I don’t think
it’s bigger than me. He may be a little
taller than me but you see I can easily make myself
as big as he is!” “Huh? Can you show me?” Asked the little frog “Humph!” said the big frog “Was he as big as this?” as he puffed himself up. “Oh much bigger than that” said the little frog! Then the big frog puffed
himself up again and asked “Was he THIS big?” “Much much bigger than you” Again the big frog
blew himself out and asked the young one if
the Ox was as big as that! “Bigger father bigger” was the reply! “Ridiculous” said the big frog who thought he was
much more important than he actually was. “Wait and I’ll show you. I’m the oldest frog in this pond and the biggest too” So the big frog
took a deep breath and blew and blew and blew and swelled and
swelled and swelled! “Stop it father” said the little frog. I think you are going
to hurt yourself But pride overtook the Big frog and he kept blowing himself out! He puffed and puffed
himself so much and he finally burst The Big frog had lost his life just because he wasn’t ready
to let go of his pride! The Story of A Raven and A Swan. Once upon a time there lived a raven who
was as black as coal! He was very envious of the Swan because her feathers
were as white as snow! The raven one day got an idea! He thought he too would
become like Swan if he lived like a swan! The foolish bird planned to swim and dive in the
water all day long! He decided that he would
even eat the plants that grow in the water! So he left his home in the woods and flew down to
live on the lakes! But though he washed and
washed himself all day long his feathers remained
as black as ever! He almost got drowned by the end of the day.. Ha haa! The stupid bird then
ate the water weeds but the food didn’t
agree with him So he got thinner and thinner as days went. And one day he died. So the moral here is “A change of habits
will not alter nature” The Tortoise and The Ducks The Tortoise you know carries his house on his back. No matter how hard he tries he cannot leave home. They say that Jupiter
punished him so because he was such
a lazy stay-at-home that he would not go
to Jupiter’s wedding even when especially invited. After many years Tortoise began to wish he
had gone to that wedding. When he saw how gaily
the birds flew about and how the Hare
and the Chipmunk and all the other
animals ran nimbly by always eager to see everything
there was to be seen The Tortoise felt very
sad and discontented. He wanted to see the world too and there he was with
a house on his back and little short legs that
could hardly drag him along! One day he met a pair of Ducks and told them all his trouble. “We can help you
to see the world” said the Ducks. “Take hold of this
stick with your teeth and we will carry you
far up in the air where you can see the
whole countryside. “But remember you
should keep quiet or you will be sorry.” The Tortoise was
very glad indeed. He seized the stick
firmly with his teeth the two Ducks took hold
of it one at each end and away they sailed
up toward the clouds. Just then a Crow flew by. He was very much astonished at
the strange sight and cried “This must surely be the
King of Tortoises!” “Why certainly——”
began the Tortoise. But as he opened his mouth
to say these foolish words he lost his hold on the stick and down he fell to the ground where he fell among rocks Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune. The Fox and The Monkey Once upon a time the animals in a forest
decided to elect a new ruler! At the meeting of the Animals the Monkey who was present there was asked to dance. This he did so well with a thousand funny
capers and grimaces! The Animals were carried entirely
off their feet with enthusiasm and then and there elected him their king. The Fox did not
vote for the Monkey and was much disgusted
with the Animals for electing so
unworthy a ruler. One day he found a trap
with a bit of meat in it. The Fox then got an idea! Hurrying to King Monkey he told him he had
found a rich treasure which he had not touched because it belonged by right
to his majesty the Monkey. The greedy Monkey followed
the Fox to the trap. As soon as he saw the meat he grasped eagerly for it only to find himself
held fast in the trap. The Fox stood off and laughed. “You pretend to be
our king” he said “and you cannot even
take care of yourself!” The Animals realized
that a true leader proves himself by his qualities. Soon another election among
the Animals was held and they appointed the
Lion as their King! The Miller His Son and The Ass One day a long time ago an old Miller and his Son were on their way to market with an Ass which
they hoped to sell. They drove him very slowly for they thought they would have
a better chance to sell him if they kept him
in good condition. As they walked along the highway some travelers laughed
loudly at them. “What foolishness” cried one “to walk when they might
as well ride the donkey! The Miller did not
like to be laughed at so he told his son to
climb up and ride. They had gone a little
farther along the road when three merchants passed by. “Oho what have we here?” they said to the boy. “Respect old age young man! Get down and let the old man ride.” Though the Miller was not tired he made the boy get down and
climbed up himself to ride just to please the Merchants. At the next turnstile they overtook some women carrying market baskets
loaded with vegetables and other things to sell. “Look at the old fool” exclaimed one of them. “Perched on the Ass while that poor
boy has to walk.” The Miller felt a bit vexed but to be agreeable he told the Boy to
climb up behind him. They had no sooner started out again than a loud shout went up from another company
of people on the road. “What a crime” cried one “to load up a poor
dumb beast like that! They look more able to
carry the poor creature than he to carry them.” “They must be on their way to sell the poor thing’s hide” said another. The Miller and his Son
quickly scrambled down and a short time later the market place was
thrown into an uproar as the two came along carrying the Donkey
slung from a pole. A great crowd of people ran out to get a closer
look at the strange sight. The Ass did not
dislike being carried but so many people came
up to point at him and laugh and shout that he began to kick and bray and then just as they were
crossing a bridge the ropes that held him gave way and down he tumbled
into the river. The poor Miller now set
out sadly for home. By trying to please everybody he had pleased nobody and lost his Ass besides.