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The Fox and the Grapes

A hungry fox was wandering around in search of food.
‘I’m so hungry. I can’t find anything to eat.’
He was so hungry, everything around him was blurry.
The fox was passing a vineyard, but the fox didn’t know it was a vineyard.
“Oh, I’m so hungry I can’t even see well now.”
“But what’s that roundish thing that looks like a grape?”
“It would be nice if it was a real grape.”
Fox hung his head and walked on.
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Dinner Time

Once there were three ducks who lived on a pond.
One day they heard a rustling noise in the bushes and they were afraid.
‘A fox! A fox!’ they cried. ‘He will eat us up for his dinner.’
Brown Duck flew to the edge of the pond and sat in the mud where she couldn’t be seen.
Green Duck flew away into the long grass. He knew that the grass hid his green feathers.
They both forgot all about little White Duck. She was so afraid that she didn’t know what to do, so, she stayed right where she was, in the middle of the blue pond. She was sure Mr Fox would catch her.
Then, out of the bushes and along the path came a little boy rustling a paper bag.
‘Look, Mummy. What a lovely white duck!’ said the little boy. ‘Can I feed her?’
He threw some crusty bread out of his paper bag. Brown Duck and Green Duck watched from there hiding-places. They saw the little White Duck enjoying her dinner, and they felt very hungry!

The Donkey and the Goat

On a farm in the country, there lived a donkey and a goat.
The donkey ate carrots, radish roots and other delicious food, but the goat always had to eat grass.
The goat was always envious of the donkey’s food.
Oh, Donkey always eats nice food.
But, look at me.
I’m always eating grass.
So the goat decided to play a trick on the donkey.
Donkey, you’re so foolish.
Why am I foolish?
All you do is carry around heavy loads all day.
But if the people make me work, I have no choice.
There is a way for you not to work no matter how much people make you do it.
How? Huh? Tell me!
Oh, Well… Hurt your leg on purpose.
It might hurt for a while but you won’t have to work for the rest of your life.
Yeah, you might be right. But I can’t break perfectly fine leg.
Gee… My leg hurts just at the thought of it.
Think about it.
Last time when you went into town, do you remember how much you sweated?
Do you want to work that hard again?
Right! I work too hard.
Okay, goat, What should I do?
The next day, the donkey followed the goat up the cliff.
The donkey looked below and was frightened.
Oh, I’m scared.
I don’t want to do it. I can’t do it.
Oh, don’t be like that.
Trust me.
Ooh! Aaagh!
Aaagh!
It’s alright. It might hurt now, but you won’t have to work now.
Heh heh heh.
Since the donkey came home with a broken leg, the owner was very surprised.
Oh. How did you hurt your leg?
I had a bunch of things to carry tonight.
What shall I do…
The donkey felt really sorry.
That night, the owner brought the vet.
Oh, doctor. Is my donkey alright?
Oh, he has a broken leg.
Don’t make him work until he gets better.
Give him lots of food, and he will heal fast. Phew, thank you!
The famer was nice.
The donkey felt bad.
Master, I will work harder, When my leg gets better.
The goat was happy thinking about the donkey being scolded by the owner.
Huh?
What do you think happened?
The owner brought a load of things.
The next day the owner packed them onto the goat’s back.
The goat was so surprised.
His legs shook because of the heavy load.
Since Donkey is injured,
You’re going to have to work for me.
Ugh…

Caterpillar’s Dream

What is going to happen in the beautiful woods today?
Let’s go and see.
Ah~ This flower smells so good.
Agh! It’s a bug. Oh, ow.
Why was a disgusting thing like you sitting on my face?
I just liked your scent…
Oh, ho ho. It’s true that I have a nice scent.
But it’s not a scent for something like you to smell.
Ooh, disgusting…
Get out of here now!
Oh… Okey…
Wow, you’re caterpillar like me.
What?
Look, you crawl around like me.
Wow, I finally met a friend,
Hey! I’m not your friend.
Look, I’m a snail with a house on my back.
Huh? You crawl just like I do…
Very funny. How can something like you be friend with a snail like me?
Uh…
Tsk, how rude…
Yeah, I can’t be friend with a charming snail like that.
My body is twisty and I have so many legs.
My face is ugly and I have to crawl about like this.
Nobody will like me.
Ha ha ha, I’ll like you.
Yikes, it’s a bird.
Oh, where did it go.
It’s around here somewhere.
Hmph, that ugly little bug hides well.
Whew~ That was so close.
Oh, it would be nice if I was that butterfly.
Oh, what’s wrong with my body?
I keep feeling heavy and sleepy.
Ugh, what is wrong? I’m getting cold.
Oh, I don’t have any more strength.
I can’t move any more…
The caterpillar closed its eyes and slept for a very long time.
The caterpillar wondered if it might never be able to smell another flower again.
but it could not help being sleepy.
The caterpillar’s body slowly hardened and its breathing could not be heard.
What is this? I can’t eat it, hmph.
What is this? it seems like a house.
Is anyone inside?
Hmph, there’s nobody here.
The caterpillar spent many nights as a pupa.
Suddenly one day, the pupa that hadn’t moved began to wriggle.
Ah~ That was a nice nap.
I wonder how much time passed.
Oh, pretty butterfly, come and play with me.
Are you talking to me?
Of course. come and play with me.
Really? Can I really come and smell your scent?
Ho ho ho, not just that.
I’ll give you some delicious honey.
Come fly over here.
Fly? I can’t fly.