The Crow and the Water Bottle
It was a scorching hot summer day. One crow was very thirsty. Im so thirsty. The thirstycrow roamed around looking for water. After flying for a long time, the crow found a waterbottle in one of the farmers yard. The crow was so happy that he was able to have a drink.
The crow put his beak into the bottle. However, because the bottle was so long, he was not ableto reach the water. The crow was exhausted.
Should I go some other place for a drink? He thought. However, because his wings weredamage, he was not able to move. What shall I do?”
The crow flew round and round the farmers yard, and thought. Sure, thats what I will do. The crow had an idea.
With all his strength, the crow started picking up stones. One, two. He did this several timesuntil the bottle was filled with stones. Then the crow drank a lot of water. Finally, the crow hadenough strength to fly again.
Two Travelers and the Bear
Once upon a time, two young men were walking along the mountain trail. They were very closefriends.
But, all of a sudden, a bear showed up. Shocked, the young men were looking for a place tohide. One fellow hid himself by climbing up a tree, but the other one was unable to run away.
When the bear pounced upon him, the fellow who could not run away threw himself flat downupon the ground and pretended to be dead. The young man on the ground held his breath andstayed still. The bear, coming up to him, put his muzzle close to the man, and sniffed. Hesdead. I dont eat dead meat.
当熊越走越近时，这人便灵机一动马上躺倒在地上，假装死了。躺在地上的那人屏住呼吸， 一动不动。熊走到他跟前，用鼻子在他脸上嗅了嗅： “这是个死人，我可从来不吃死人的肉。”
The bear left the young man along and went away. After the bear was gone, the friend in thetree came down. Wiping away his cold sweat, the friend asked, What did the bear say toyou?
Oh, the bear told me, said the other, Not to hang out with a friend who runs away when arisky situation occurs.
After hearing him, the young man who climbed up the tree alone felt sorry for his behavior. Friends mean being there for each other even when danger comes.
he Son and the Picture of a Lion
Once upon a time, there lived a very timid-minded father in a town. He was always worriedthat his son might get hurt. The son was brave and loved hunting, but his father prevented hisson from hunting everyday.
One night, the father dreamed of his son being pursued by a lion. After he woke up, hethought, I should not leave things like this. The father built a strong wooden house for his sonbecause he believed his son would not be in danger if he locked his son in the house.
The father brought pictures of animals to his sons room so that the son would not get bored. The father even stuck a picture of a lion on the wooden wall. However, the son felt stuffy aboutjust staying home.
One day, the son vented his anger on the picture of a lion. You bastard! I cannot go outsidebecause of you! Why did you appear in my fathers dream and torture me? The son hit thepicture with his fist.
Right then, the wooden wall broke down and a thorn got stuck in his hand. The son tried totake it out, but it did not come out easily. Due to the thorn, the wound enlarged and theinflammation worsened.
After a few days, the young son died from the wound. The father who tried to shut his child inlost his child because of his actions.
The Monkey and the Fishermen
Once upon a time, there lived a monkey in the woods. The monkey climbed up the tree andlooked down at the river everyday.
One day, the monkey saw fishermen throw a net over the river. He watched how the fishermencaught fish.
Sometime after, the fishermen left the net and went to have lunch. Then, the monkey climbeddown from the tree and went to the riverside. The monkey was planning to throw the net likethe fishermen did.
The monkey was confident since he was good at imitating. Yet, the net wound around themonkey when he touched it. Tied up in the net, the monkey fell into the water.
The monkey regretted his behavior, but it was too late. I should have learned how to use thenet before touching it. After believing my prowess and showing off, I am in a bad fix. Themonkey who did not behave carefully drowned in the water.