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Short Bedtime Stories for Girls
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.1 : You can not please everyone
This is a short story to teach you that you can not please everyone. A man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said : “You fool, what a Donkey for but to ride is upon?”
So the Man put the Boy on the Donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men. One of whom said : “See that lazy youngster. He lets his father walk while he rides.”
So the Man ordered his Boy to get off and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women. One of whom said to the other : “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”
Well the Man did not know what to do. But at last he took his Boy up before him on the Donkey. By this time they had come to the town and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said :
“Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor Donkey of yours – you and your hulking son?”
The man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the Donkey’s feet to it and raised the pole and the Donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge and his fore-feet being tied together, he was drowned.
“That will teach you,” said an old man who had followed them :
Moral : You Can Not Please Everyone.
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.2: The Unfaithful Friend
There was a large berry tree on the bank of a river. On this tree lived a monkey called Rhesa. He was a clever and good hearted monkey. He offered berries to all the animals and birds who came to the river to quench their thirst. In the river, there lived a crocodile named Magar. He lived with his wife in a cave at the bottom of the river.
One day Magar the crocodile came to the river bank to catch his prey. It was a hot and sunny day and Magar had not caught any thing the whole day. Tired and hot, he dragged himself to the shade of the berry tree for some rest. He had hardly closed his eyes when he heard somebody calling out to him. “Hello friend. I am up here.”
Magar looked up to find Rhesa the monkey smiling down at him. The monkey plucked a handful of juicy berries and threw them down to Magar.
“Eat these. They will quench your thirst.”
“Thank you,” said Magar and ate the delicious berries.
From then on, everyday, Magar would come to the river’s bank and eat the berries dropped by Rhesa. Both of them became good friends.
One day Magar took some berries home to his wife. She found them delicious. “Mmm… If the berries are so tasty, how delicious would the monkey’s heart be that ate these berries,” she said. “I want to eat the heart of this monkey.”
“How can I do that?” replied Magar.
“He is my friend. How can I kill him?” But his wife would not accept no for an answer. “If you don’t bring me his heart, I will starve myself to death,”she cried.
So Magar went to meet Rhesa the monkey. “My wife liked the berries you sent her very much. She wants to meet you. She has invited you home for dinner,”said Magar to Rhesa.
“I would surely come,” said Rhesa, “but I cannot swim and you live in the river.”
“Do not worry,” said Magar, “I will carry you on my back.”
Rhesa readily jumped on to Magar’s back. Magar began to swim away from the bank. On reaching the middle of the river, the crocodile began to dive under water.
“Hey! What are you doing?” panicked Rhesa. “I told you I cannot swim.”
“Sorry my friend,” replied Magar. “My wife wants to eat your heart. So I have to kill you,” said Magar.
Rhesa realised that he was in grave danger. “Is it my heart you want?” he asked in an undisturbed voice. “Why did you not say so before? I would have gladly given it to you. We will have to go back because I usually leave my heart back at home when I go out.”
The foolish crocodile immediately turned around and swam back towards the bank.
Rhesa immediately jumped down from Magar’s back and bounced up the berry tree. “You are a fool Magar. How could I be alive if I left my heart behind? You have been an unfaithful friend. Our friendship is over,” said Rhesa.
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.3: The Swans and The Turtle
There was a lake at the outskirts of a small village. Two swans and a turtle who were good friends lived in the lake. They would play with each other and pass time telling stories.
One year, there were no rains and the lake started drying up.
“The lake is almost dry. We have to find some other place to live,” said the turtle to the swans. “We will fly around and look for a suitable place,” said the swans. Both the swans flew in different directions in search of a better place to live. A little distance away, one of the swans spotted a large lake. It had plenty of water and there were many fishes in it. He flew back to tell the others.
The three of them were very excited with the find. “Wow! Now we won’t have any problem,” said the turtle.
“There is only one problem,” replied one swan. “The two of us can fly there in no time. But you crawl very slowly. And it is some distance away. You will never reach there.”
The turtle thought for some time. Suddenly his face lit up. “I have an idea,” he said. “You bring me a stick. I will hold the center of the stick in my mouth. Both of you can hold the stick on either side. That way you can fly me with you to our new home.”
“It is a very good idea, but you have to make sure you do not open your mouth for any reason. If you do, you will fall to your death,” warned one of the swans.
The turtle agreed.
“Remember what we told you,” reminded the swans as they got ready to fly. Soon they were flying high in the sky. They had to fly over the village to get to the lake. As they flew over the village, people ran out into the streets to look at this amazing sight.
“What clever birds. They are carrying a turtle on a stick!” exclaimed one man. Every one was excited to see such an amazing sight.
“It was my idea. I am the clever one. I need to let them know,” thought the turtle. He opened his mouth to explain, but before the foolish turtle could say anything, he fell with a thud and died.
The swans looked down at their dead friend and shook their heads bitterly at his foolishness. “If he had kept his mouth shut, he would be alive and happy with us,” said one swan to the other as they landed at the big lake which would be their home from then on.
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.4: The Owl and The Swan
Once there were two friends Kanakaksha the owl and Sumitra the swan. Sumitra was the king of the swans. But Kanakaksha was an ordinary owl. He was afraid to let Sumitra know that he was a poor owl. So he told Sumitra that he was also a king and also had subjects. Everyday the owl would fly to the pond where the swan lived.
One day as usual, Kanakaksha flew to the pond to meet his friend. “Good morning Sumitra, how are you today?” he asked.
“Good morning my friend, I am fine. Just caught up with the usual work of a king – solving disputes among my subjects,” replied Sumitra.
Just then, one of Sumitra’s subjects came up to him and whispered something in his ear.
“Oh!” exclaimed Sumitra. “Kanakaksha, please give me a moment. I have to settle another dispute between two of my subjects.”
“Very well Sumitra,” answered the owl. “I will wait right here.” After Sumitra left to find his subjects, Kanakaksha thought to himself, “If Sumitra comes to know that I am just an ordinary owl, he will stop being my friend. I have to impress him.”
As Kanakaksha was flying through the woods in search of food, he saw a camp of soldiers and their commander. He suddenly got an idea. He flew back to the pond and called Sumitra. “I want you to visit my kingdom,” invited the owl.
“One day I will surely visit your kingdom Kanakaksha,” answered Sumitra the swan.
“Not someday,” urged Kanakaksha. “You should come today. I come to meet you everyday.” Sumitra agreed and the owl took the swan to the place where the soldiers had camped.
“This is my kingdom and these are my subjects,” said Kanakaksha to Sumitra proudly. Sumitra knew that Kanakaksha was no king. But he did not want to hurt his poor foolish friend’s feelings.
“Wow!” exclaimed Sumitra.
“Are your soldiers getting ready to move?”
“No! How could they without my permission?” The Owl flew over the camp hooting aloud “Ho – hoo!” The commander heard the owl and said, “An owl is hooting. It’s a bad omen. We will have to postpone our march.”
The next day Kanakaksha and Sumitra came to the same place. Just as the army got ready to move. Kanakaksha hooted again. The army stopped again. On the third day again, Kanakaksha hooted just as the commander mounted his horse.
“Oh this omen maker! Will someone take care of him?” shouted the commander angrily.
“This time my poor friend has gone too far,” thought Sumitra the swan to himself.
A soldier stepped forward and shot an arrow at the owl perched on a branch. But Kanakaksha spotted the arrow and swiftly flew away. Sumitra who had been next to Kanakaksha did not see the arrow coming. The arrow hit Sumitra and he died.
“Oh my foolishness has caused the death of my good friend,” thought Kanakaksha bitterly to himself.
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.5: The Lion and The Woodcutter
There once lived a lion, the king of the forest. He was always accompanied by a jackal and a crow. They followed him every where and lived on the remains of his food.
In a village close to the forest there lived a woodcutter. Everyday, he would go into the forest with his axe to chop wood.
One day as the woodcutter was busy chopping a tree, he heard a noise behind him. Turning around, he saw the lion looking straight at him, ready to pounce. The woodcutter was a clever man. He quickly said, “Greetings… King of this forest. It is a pleasure to meet you.”
The lion was surprised. “A pleasure to meet me? Are you not afraid of me?”
“I respect you a lot…lion. I was hoping to meet you. You see, my wife is an excellent cook. I wanted you to taste her dal and vegetables.”
“Dal? Vegetables? Don’t you know that I eat only flesh?” asked the lion in surprise.
“If you taste my wife’s cooking, you will stop eating flesh,” said the woodcutter proudly.
The lion was very hungry and he accepted the woodcutter’s food.
“Good that the Jackal and the crow are not with me today,” thought the lion. “They would laugh at me.”
The lion was surprised to find that the food was indeed very tasty. “I have never eaten such good food,” he said.
“You are welcome to share my food everyday, O king. But no one should ever know about our friendship. You must come alone.”
The lion promised. Everyday, the lion would eat lunch brought by the woodcutter and their unusual friendship grew to be stronger day by day.
The crow and the jackal were anxious to know why the lion had stopped hunting. “We are going to starve to death if the lion does not hunt anymore,” whined the jackal.
“You are right,” said the crow. “Let us try to find out what has happened to the lion.” The next day they followed the lion from a safe distance and saw him eating the lunch the woodcutter brought for him.
“So this is why the lion does not hunt anymore,” said the jackal to the crow. “We have to get the lion to share his food with us. Then may be we can break his friendship with the woodcutter and the lion will start hunting his prey again.”
When the lion came back to his den that evening, the crow and the jackal were waiting for him. “My lord, why have you forgotten us? Please let us all go hunting like we used to,” pleaded the crow and the jackal.
“No! I have given up eating flesh, ever since I met a friend who changed me from my old ways,” said the lion.
“We would also like to meet your friend,” said the crow.
On the following day, the wood cutter was as usual waiting for his friend the lion. Suddenly, he heard voices. The woodcutter was a very careful and clever man. He immediately climbed a tall tree. In the distance, he could see the lion approaching. With him were a crow and a jackal. “With those two around, my friendship with the lion will not last very long,” he said to himself.
The lion came over to the tree and called out to the woodcutter, “Come down and join us. It is me your friend.”
“That may be so,” called out the woodcutter. “But you have broken your promise to me. If those two can make you break a promise, then they can make you kill me also. You can forget our friendship.”
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.6: The Lion and The Hare
Once in a forest there lived a lion who was very proud of his strength. He would kill any animal which came in his way just for fun. All the animals in the forest were worried about their survival.
“If the lion keeps this up, none of us will be left in the forest,” said the bear.
“He kills much more than he really needs to,” squeaked the little hare.
“We have to come up with something to stop this massacre,” said the monkey. So they all joined together and went to meet the lion.
“O king of the forest, we have come to make a small request,” they all said to the lion.
“Now what would that be?” asked the amused lion.
“You are the king of the forest, but soon there will be no animals to rule over. So we beg you to stop this unreasonable killing and we promise that one of us will come to you everyday for your food,” pleaded all the animals with the lion.
So from that day, the animals drew lots to decide on who was to go to the lion as his prey.
One day, the lots fell on the hare to visit the lion. All the animals consoled him and sent him on his way to meet his doom. But the hare was a clever animal. He did not want to die at the hands of the cruel lion. He saw an old well on the way. It was very deep and was a danger for all the animals. He thought of a plan.
The little hare went to sleep near the well all day. In the evening, he made his way to the lion’s den. The lion was terribly hungry by then and when he saw a tiny hare coming towards him, he became furious.
“You little thing, how dare you come so late? How dare they send such a small animal? I will kill them all,” the angry lion roared.
“It is not my fault, O mighty lion. There were three other hares with me. But on the way here, another lion attacked us. I just managed to escape. The other three hares were eaten by that lion,”said the hare.
“What? Another lion in my jungle? Take me to him immediately,” said the lion in a fit of rage.
The hare took the lion to the well and pointed it out to him from a distance. The other lion jumped out at us from inside the well when we tried to drink some water from the well. The lion rushed angrily to the well and peeped in.
There inside the well he could see another lion glaring at him. What the foolish lion did not realise in his anger was that he was looking at his reflection. He roared angrily at the other lion. He heard an answering roar.
It was only the echo of his own roar. But the lion thought that the other lion was challenging him. He jumped in and landed inside with a loud splash. And that was the end of the wicked lion.
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.7: The Faithful Mongoose
Once there lived a kind Brahmin in a small village with his wife. They had a little son. One day, as he was returning home from a nearby village, he came across a baby mongoose crying next to its mother’s dead body.
“Oh! poor creature,” thought the Brahmin. “If I leave it here it will surely die.” He picked it up and took it home with him.
“Gowri, I found this little creature on my way home. Let us take care of him,” he said to his wife. “Very well along with our son, I will take care of the mongoose also,” replied his wife.
The mongoose grew up with a lot of love and care in the Brahmin’s house. He slept next to the Brahmin’s son in the cradle, drank milk and played with the boy everyday. The baby mongoose’s days were full of joy in the Brahmin’s house. As both the boy and the mongoose grew up, their friendship changed to a relationship between two brothers.
The mongoose grew up fast and as days went by, the Brahmin’s wife began to get doubts in her mind. “After all, this is a wild animal. Sooner or later it will show its true colours,” she thought to herself. She put the mongoose’s bed separately and would watch him carefully when ever he played with her son.
One day when the Brahmin was away. Gowri decided to go to the river to fetch a pot of water. She looked around and saw her son sound asleep in his cradle. The mongoose was also asleep on the floor at the foot of the cradle. This should take only a few moments I hope I can trust that mongoose not to harm my little son,” she said to herself and after a final look at them both she hurried down to the river.
Suddenly, the mongoose woke up with a start. He had heard a very faint noise. Looking up, the mongoose saw a large black snake crawling in through a hole in the wall.
“The snake will harm my brother. Mother and father are away. I will have to protect my little brother,” thought the mongoose, as the snake came slithering towards the cradle.
The brave little mongoose pounced on the huge black snake. After a long, ferocious fight, the little mongoose finally managed to kill the snake.
Just then, he heard the Brahmin’s wife returning. Joyfully, he ran out to meet his mother and tried telling her through his little animal signs that he had protected his little brother from a dreadful snake.
But as soon as Gowri saw blood on the mongoose’s mouth and paws, she thought, “This wretched animal has killed my little son.” In a fit of anger the Brahmin’s wife threw the pot full of water on the mongoose killing him instantly.
Entering the house with a heavy heart, she was amazed to see her little son lying in his cradle still deep in sleep. On the floor was a huge black snake with its ugly head bitten off.
“Oh what have I done,” cried the Brahmin’s wife. “I killed that faithful little mongoose who saved the life of my precious son.”
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.7: Hungry Wolf
This is a short story about Hungry Wolf.
Once, a wolf was very hungry. It looked for food here and there. But it couldn’t get any. At last it found a loaf of bread and piece of meat in the hole of a tree.
The hungry wolf squeezed into the hole. It ate all the food. It was a woodcutter’s lunch. He was on his way back to the tree to have lunch. But he saw there was no food in the hole, instead, a wolf.
On seeing the woodcutter, the wolf tried to get out of the hole. But it couldn’t. Its tummy was swollen.
The woodcutter caught the wolf and gave it nice beatings.
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.8: A Town Mouse and A Country Mouse
A Town Mouse and a Country Mouse were friends. The Country Mouse one day invited his friend to come and see him at his home in the fields. The Town Mouse came and they sat down to a dinner of barleycorns and roots the latter of which had a distinctly earthy flavour.
The flavour was not much to the taste of the guest and presently he broke out with “My poor dear friend, you live here no better than the ants. Now, you should just see how I fare! My larder is a regular horn of plenty. You must come and stay with me and I promise you shall live on the fat of the land.”
So when he returned to town he took the Country Mouse with him and showed him into a larder containing flour and oatmeal and figs and honey and dates.
The Country Mouse had never seen anything like it and sat down to enjoy the luxuries his friend provided. But before they had well begun, the door of the larder opened and some one came in. The two Mice scampered off and hid themselves in a narrow and exceedingly uncomfortable hole. Presently, when all was quiet, they ventured out again. But some one else came in, and off they scuttled again. This was too much for the visitor. “Good bye,” said he, “I’m off. You live in the lap of luxury, I can see, but you are surrounded by dangers whereas at home I can enjoy my simple dinner of roots and corn in peace.”
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.9: The Hungry Mouse
A mouse was having a very thought time. She had no food for many days and made strenuous efforts get her food. All her efforts went in vain. She looked everywhere to find her food. As the days pass by, she became very thin.
One day, the mouse found a basket with corns. She also noticed a tiny hole in the basket, which was sufficient enough to move her in. She easily moved inside the hole.
Since she had no foods for many days, she ate a large amount of corn. Without realizing her, she continuously ate more and more corns. She realized very later that she ate a lot more than she actually required. After eating a whole lot of corn, she became very fat!
Satisfied with corns, the fat mouse tried to come out of the basket through the small hole. Unfortunately, the tiny hole could not accommodate the big mouse!!!!
The mouse started screaming ‘Oh god! Let me come out, how can I come out?’
A rat after hearing mouse’s screaming voice from the basket, asked her what happened!
Mouse told the story and asked rat a solution.
Rat told, ‘if you want to come out the basket, wait for sometime or even days to lose your all your fat until you grow thin.’
Mouse started to starve now but with lots of food to come out of the trap!
Anything too much is good for nothing!
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.10: The Tale of the Foolish Gardener
At the border of a forest, a landlord had a big garden, which he liked very much. As he couldn’t look after it himself, he appointed a gardener to take care of the garden. The gardener was very faithful, and looked after the garden very well.
However, it was the summer season and he had to water the plants daily. As a result, there was no holiday for him, because, if he ever took leave, even for a day, most of the plants would dry up. Whenever, he approached the landlord with a request to take even a day off, the landlord would puff up and say, “Who would water the plants in your absence? As there is no one else to water the plants in your absence, I am afraid; I cannot grant you any leave”. The gardener was frightened and had no reply. And as a result, he had to give up the thought of taking any day off.
And hence the drudgery continued.
One day, as the annual temple festival was to take place in the gardener’s village; he was very eager to go and participate in the festivities. Hence, he decided to take at least one day off, but did not have the courage to face the landlord and ask for a day off. So, he thought all night, and came up with a plan.
He decided to approach a group of monkeys that were staying in a nearby forest. The gardener cautiously approached the leader of the monkeys and told him that he was a gardener, and worked in the big house, bordering the forest. He pointed out to the house and the leader of the monkeys, nodded in acknowledgement.
The gardener said that the house belonged to the landlord, and that he was a cruel and unkind man. He went on to add that the landlord did not give him a single day’s rest.
The gardener then put forth his plight to the leader of the monkeys. He said, “Tomorrow is a big festival in my village, and I wish to go and participate. Can you possibly help me?”
The monkey chief was a bit taken aback, as he had no idea as to how help the poor gardener. He asked the gardener, “In what way, can I or my subjects help you?”
The gardener then laid down his plan. For one day, starting tomorrow, you and your subjects, please look after my work”. He further added that he would provide vessels and pots to all the monkeys, and all they had to do was to take it to the river, fill it, and subsequently water each plant. The monkey chief, after listening to the gardener’s tale of woe, felt pity for him and said, “Don’t worry, you go and attend your festival, and we shall look after your work”.
The gardener was relieved and happy. He gave some vessels and pots to the monkeys and quickly left for his village to take part in the temple festival.
However, the monkeys had one doubt. They had no idea as to how much water; they should pour on each plant, as they forgot to ask the gardener. So the approached the chief and told them about their problem.
The monkey chief thought for a while and said, “You have to water each plant, according to the length of its root.” His subjects then asked the leader on how they could find the length of the roots. The monkey chief, got a bit angry, dismissed them and said, “Pull out each plant, find out how far the roots have gone in, and put them back and then water each plant accordingly.”
The monkeys’ were awestruck at their chief’s wisdom and they all applauded. The chief, then proudly asked his subjects to get down to work without delay.
The monkeys’ did as advised – they pulled each plant out, saw the length of the roots and planted them back haphazardly, and watered them. Because of this, most of the plants lost their roots in this process and started drying up.
The next day, the landlord came out for a stroll in his favorite garden, and noticed that all his plants had been uprooted, and that they were drying up. He immediately summoned for the gardener. The frightened gardener told the landlord what had happened, and this made the landlord very angry and he immediately dismissed the gardener from his job.
As a result of his foolish act, the gardener lost his job!
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.11: The Clever Jackal And The Foolish Donkey
This is a short bedtime story of an aged lion who had a clever jackal for a servant. The jackal was also a bit old and he was only happy to be the lion’s servant. Whenever the lion killed an animal, he would first have his fill and leave the rest for the wily jackal.
It so happened that one day the lion was very hungry and attacked a huge king elephant. The tusker got angry and injured the lion so bad that he could barely walk. Since the lion could not hunt, both, the jackal were starving. The lion asked the jackal to use his wile to try and trap some animal.
The lion told the jackal, “Use your wile and bring me an unsuspecting animal that I could kill without much effort. Otherwise we would die starving.”
The clever jackal thought for a while and came up with an idea. He slowly got up to search for an unsuspecting animal. He came across many animals, but it was obvious that his master, the lion, would be unable to kill them. They were either too fast and some of them were even stronger than his master, in his present condition.
Finally, he saw a donkey grazing by the side of the river. The river was almost arid and the grass was mostly dry. It was evident the donkey was hungry.
The wily jackal was thrilled. He thought, “This jack is precisely the animal that I need.”
He quietly walked toward the donkey and greeted him. He said, “Dear Sir, you look tired and worried. Is there anything wrong? Can I help you in any way?”
The donkey replied, “I am hungry and have not eaten for a few days.”
The wily jackal quickly sympathized with him and said, “Oh, that’s terrible. Why don’t you come with me to the forest? The grass is green and there is a river next to my cave. You also don’t have to worry about any wild animals, because my cave is far from where the wild animals live. Besides, the smaller animals that live besides the river are very friendly.”
The foolish donkey thought for a while and looked a bit apprehensive.
The wily jackal cautiously said, “Your master will not find our place. There are also many animals of your kind living there. There are she-donkeys (jenny’s) there, who haven’t seen a male donkey (jack).”
The lovesick jack immediately said, “Come on, I have heard enough. Lead me to your place and let me meet my new friends.”
Together they left for the hungry lion’s den. The lion saw them approaching and was happy that he had a clever jackal for a servant. As a result, the moment they reached close to the den, the hungry lion leaped at the donkey. The lion, out of haste missed his target, landed on some rocks, and further hurt himself. The terrified donkey took to his heels.
The jackal was angry and swore at the lion, “Impatient fool, couldn’t he have waited a bit longer?”
However, the lion replied regretfully, “I was so hungry that I got desperate. I did not expect that you would return so quickly. I apologize.”
The jackal shouted at the lion, “You couldn’t kill a foolish donkey. How did you ever think of attacking a king elephant?”
“Not to worry, I will bring him back, but be prepared this time”, said the wily jackal.
The lion was shocked, and said, “How are you going to bring him back? He would have reached his home by now.”
The jackal said, “Leave that to me and don’t act hasty.” He then left in search of the donkey.
He found him, next to the river drinking. He was still breathing hard as he left the place so fast.
He said, “You are nothing but a scheming, wily jackal. If I had not bent down, I would have been dead by now.”
The clever jackal; started laughing so hard.
“What are you laughing at? Asked the donkey.
The jackal curbed his laughter and said, “My dear sir, that was a she-donkey. She has been lovesick for some time now. She could not believe, when she saw you walking up the hill, and wanted you for herself. She sprang to hug you, but you fled.”
I told her that you were a shy person and she should not have acted in haste. The foolish donkey could not believe what he just heard.
“Come on, let’s not waste any time. They are all waiting for you,” said the wily jackal.
“Alright, if you say so. Lead the way, brother jackal”, said the donkey.
The lion was shocked to see the clever jackal and the foolish donkey return. However, this time, the lion did not make any mistake. He waited until the donkey reached his cave and quickly finished him.
The lion then went to freshen up before his meal and asked the jackal to keep watch. The clever jackal was ravenous and had other plans. He quickly ate the heart and ears of the donkey, before the lion returned.
The lion returned and was furious to note that the best parts were missing. He shouted at the jackal, “Where are the other parts. Who ate them, while I was away?”
The jackal remained calm and said, “Do you thing that this foolish donkey had these parts. If he had them, do you think he would have ever returned?”
The lion did not bother to further question the clever jackal, as he was ravenous, and quickly began eating.
Moral: If you can hold your head in the face of disasters, then you would be able to defeat them.
Short Bedtime Stories for Girls for Kids No.12: The Tale Of How The Tiger Got His Stripes
Long time ago, ages ago, it was said that the tiger was like a lion without any stripes on his back, and the rabbit had a long tail.
The tiger had a big farm that need attending to, as it was overgrown with brush. Therefore, the tiger was searching for workers to clear the undergrowth.
The tiger called the animals and said, “I am in need of a good worker to clean this place. I shall offer a buffalo in payment for whoever does this work the quickest.”
The monkey called in first and said that he would like to do the job. So, the tiger assigned the job to him. However, the tiger, to his dismay, found out that the monkey was very slow. Therefore, the tiger fired him as quickly as he hired him.
The goat was the next on the list. Although the goat was a good worker, he could never concentrate nor focus. He would work on one part of the field and then move away to another part, without finishing the area that he was working on. As expected, the tiger fired him without any pay.
The armadillo was the next to be tried. It was the same story with the armadillo as well. He was a good worker, but the moment he saw any ants, he would stop and finish of the lot. As a result, work suffered. Therefore, he too was fired without pay.
Finally, a rabbit came forward. The tiger was a bit surprised and laughed at him and said,” how are you going to complete the work, where these animals had failed?”
Anyway, the tiger decided to try him.
The tiger was surprised to note that the rabbit was a hard worker. He quickly cleared most of the farm. Seeing his hard work, the tiger decided to take a break, and asked his son to watch over the rabbit.
The rabbit noted that the tiger had left. Therefore, he asked the tiger’s son, “Where is the buffalo that your father is going to give me? Is it kept by the side of the river?”
“Yes,” replied the son.
The rabbit decided to take the buffalo, without completing the work. Just as he was leaving, the tiger entered and noticed that the rabbit was about to leave. He then ensured that he stayed until the work was complete. The work was complete and the tiger gave the buffalo to the rabbit, as promised.
The tiger then said, “If you plan to eat this buffalo, eat it in a place where there are no mosquitoes.”
The rabbit went away with the buffalo. After going some distance, he felt hungry and thought of butchering the buffalo. He looked around and saw there was a farm close by and mosquitoes as well. So, he decided not to kill the buffalo and went ahead a little more. Finally, he came close to a river, and there was strong breeze. He looked around and did not see any mosquitoes.
As he was about to butcher the buffalo, the tiger came along and said, “I am very hungry, and will you share the buffalo with me.”
The rabbit, out of fear, gave a piece of meat to the tiger, which the tiger gulped it in a moment. He then asked the rabbit, “Is that all what you are going to give me? I am such a good friend of yours and I am sure you will give me more.”
The rabbit, out of fear, gave more to the tiger. Soon, he had finished most of the buffalo’s meat. The rabbit had managed to get only a small piece and was furious. He decided to teach the tiger a lesson.
Few days passed. One day, the tiger was returning from hunting and he saw the rabbit cutting big blocks of wood. He asked the rabbit what he was doing?
The rabbit said that there were orders that every animal in the jungle has to build an enclosure or fence around themselves for protection. The tiger was surprised and said, “This is news to me.”
“Well, everyone is doing it,” said the rabbit.
The tiger got a bit apprehensive and said, “Please my good friend, won’t you help in building me an enclosure?”
The rabbit although initially hesitant, but after seeing the tiger’s pleas, the rabbit eventually consented.
Therefore, he quickly build a solid, wooden enclosure for the tiger and went away. It was strong and could not easily be penetrated.
The tiger was inside the barricade and after sometime felt hungry.
Soon a monkey passed that away and he asked the monkey, “Has the danger passed?”.
Although the monkey had the faintest idea what the tiger was asking, he still replied, “Yes.”
Therefore, the tiger asked the monkey to let him out of the enclosure.
“I cannot, as the ropes are tied securely. Ask the one who put you inside to come and let you out,” said the monkey.
Soon the goat came along, and then the armadillo and other animals and all of them had the same answer.
Soon, the tiger realized that he had been tricked. He tried with all his might to jump over the enclosure, but was unsuccessful. He kept on trying until he was tired. Then, he tried to break down the fence, but that too proved futile. He became very thirsty and hungry. He decided to rest a while.
He became desperate and thought that he might never get out of there alive.
He starts hallucinating about food and good spring water. Once more, he decided to give it a try with all his might. He kept on hammering the enclosure, until there was a little gap. He pushed and shoved through the gap and finally broke through. However, he was injured very badly in the process, and got deep gashes and cuts on either side of the body. As a result, to this day, he carries those stripes.
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