Monday, May 30, 2016

Two Tales

The Sheeps & The Wolves

 Near the sheep pasture A pack of Wolves lurked . But the Dogs guards them and kept them all at a good distance, and the Sheep grazed  safety. But now the Wolves thought of a plot to trick the Sheep.
"Why is there always hostility between us?" they said. "If it were not for those Dogs who are always stirring up trouble, I am sure we should get along beautifully. Send them away and you will see what good friends we shall become.
"The Sheep were easily fooled and They persuaded the Dogs to go away, and that very evening the Wolves had the great feast of their lives.  

Do not give up friends for foes.


The Sun and the north wind


The sun and The North Wind  had a quarrel about which of them was the stronger. While they were contended with much heat and bluster, a Traveler passed along the road wrapped in a cloak.the sun said "Let us agree,that he is the stronger who can strip that Traveler of his cloak."
"well," the North Wind,growled," and at once sent a howling & cold blast against the Traveler.With the first gust of wind the ends of the cloak whipped about the Traveler's body. But he immediately wrapped it closely around him, and the harder the Wind blew, the tighter he held it to him.
 The North Wind tore angrily at the cloak, but all his efforts were in vain.Then the Sun began to shine. At first his beams were gentle, and in the pleasant warmth after the bitter cold of the North Wind, the Traveler unfastened his cloak and let it hang loosely from his shoulders.
The Sun's rays grew warmer and warmer. then The man took off his cap and mopped his brow. At last he became so heated that he pulled off his cloak, and, to escape the blazing sunshine, threw himself down in the welcome shade of a tree by the roadside.    Gentleness and kind persuasion win where force and bluster fail.   

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Aesop's Tales

The Aesop for Children

The Cock & the Fox

One fine morning a Fox was caught in a trap.  because he had got too near the Farmer's  house. he was hungry, but it was not an excuse for stealing. A Cock, rising early, discovered what had happened. He knew the Fox could not get at him, so he went little closer to get a good look at his enemy.The Fox saw a small chance of escape."Dear friend," he said, "I was just on my way to visit a sick relative, when I stumbled into this string and got all tangled up. But please do not tell anybody about it. I dislike causing sorrow to anybody, and I am sure I can soon gnaw this string to pieces."But the Cock was not to be so easily fooled. He soon roused the whole hen yard, and when the Farmer came running out, that was the end of cunning Fox. 

 The wicked deserve no aid. 


The Wolves & the Sheep

A pack of Wolves lurked near a Sheep pasture. But the Dogs kept them all at enough distance, and the Sheep grazed in perfect safety. But now the Wolves made a plan to trick the Sheep."Why is there always this hostility between us?" they said. "If it were not for those Dogs who are always stirring up trouble, I am sure we should get along beautifully. Send them away and you will see what good friends we shall become."The Sheep were easily fooled. They persuaded the Dogs to go away, and that very evening the Wolves had the grandest feast of their lives.

  Do not give up friends for foes.  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Fire



During harvest-time the men and women went out to work. In the village were left only the old and the very young. In one hut there remained a grandmother with her three grandchildren.The grandmother made a fire in the oven, and lay down to rest herself. Flies kept alighting on her and biting her. She covered her head with a towel and fell asleep. One of the grandchildren, Másha (she was three years old), opened the oven, scraped some coals into a potsherd, and went into the vestibule. In the vestibule lay sheaves: the women were getting them bound.Másha brought the coals, put them under the sheaves, and began to blow. When the straw caught fire, she was glad; she went into the hut and took her brother Kiryúsha by the arm (he was a year and a half old, and had just learned to walk), and brought him out, and said to him:"See, Kiryúsha, what a fire I have kindled."The sheaves were already burning and crackling. When the vestibule was filled with smoke, Másha became frightened and ran back into the house. Kiryúsha fell over the threshold, hurt his nose, and began to cry; Másha pulled him into the house, and both hid under a bench.The grandmother heard nothing, and did not wake. The elder boy, Ványa (he was eight years old), was in the street.
When he saw the smoke rolling out of the vestibule, he ran to the door, made his way through the smoke into the house, and began to waken his grandmother; but she was dazed from her sleep, and, forgetting the children, rushed out and ran to the farmyards to call the people.In the meantime Másha was sitting under the bench and keeping quiet; but the little boy cried, because he had hurt his nose badly. Ványa heard his cry, looked under the bench, and called out to Másha:"Run, you will burn!"Másha ran to the vestibule, but could not pass for the smoke and fire. She turned back. Then Ványa raised a window and told her to climb through it.
When she got through, Ványa picked up his brother and dragged him along. But the child was heavy and did not let his brother take him. He cried and pushed Ványa. Ványa fell down twice, and when he dragged him up to the window, the door of the hut was already burning. Ványa thrust the child's head through the window and wanted to push him through; but the child took hold of him with both his hands (he was very much frightened) and would not let them take him out.
Then Ványa cried to Másha:"Pull him by the head!" while he himself pushed him behind.
And thus they pulled him through the window and into the street.

collected from Leo tolstoy

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Two Stories For You

Story 1  :   The Peasant And The Cucumbers


A Peasant once went to the gardener's, to steal cucumbers. He crept up to the cucumbers, and thought:"I will carry off a bag of cucumbers, which I will sell; with the money I will buy a hen. The hen will lay eggs, hatch them, and raise a lot of chicks. I will feed the chicks and sell them; then I will buy me a young sow, and she will bear a lot of pigs. I will sell the pigs, and buy me a mare; the mare will foal me some colts. I will raise the colts, and sell them. I will buy me a house, and start a garden. In the garden I will sow cucumbers, and will not let them be stolen, but will keep a sharp watch on them. I will hire watchmen, and put them in the cucumber patch, while I myself will come on them, unawares, and shout: 'Oh, there, keep a sharp lookout!'"And this he shouted as loud as he could. The watchmen heard it, and they rushed out and beat the peasant.

Story 2:  THE FOUNDLING


A poor woman had a daughter by the name of Másha. Másha went in the morning to fetch water, and saw at the door something wrapped in rags. When she touched the rags, there came from it the sound of "Ooah, ooah, ooah!" Másha bent down and saw that it was a tiny, red skinned baby. It was crying aloud: "Ooah, ooah!"Másha took it into her arms and carried it into the house, and gave it milk with a spoon. Her mother said:"What have you brought?""A baby. I found it at our door."The mother said:"We are poor as it is; we have nothing to feed the baby with; I will go to the chief and tell him to take the baby."Másha began to cry, and said:"Mother, the child will not eat much; leave it here! See what red, wrinkled little hands and fingers it has!"Her mother looked at them, and she felt pity for the child. She did not take the baby away. Másha fed and swathed the child, and sang songs to it, when it went to sleep.

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