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The Lark and her Chicks

The Lark and her Chicks

    A Lark made her nest in a field of young wheat. As the days passed, the wheat stalks grew tall and the chicks, too, grew in strength.

    The Crow and the Pitcher

      In a spell of dry weather, when the Birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pitcher with a little water in it.

      The Goose that Laid Golden Eggs

      The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs

        There was once a countryman who possessed the most wonderful goose you can imagine, for every day when he visited the nest, the goose had laid a beautiful, glittering egg of pure gold.

        The Fox and the Grapes

        The Fox and the Grapes

          A Fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches of a tree. The grapes seemed ready to burst with juice, and the Fox’s mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them.

          The Lion and the Mouse

            A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion’s nose.

            The Ants and the Grasshopper

              One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and begged for a bite to eat.

              The Boy Who Cried Wolf

              The Boy Who Cried Wolf

                A Shepherd Boy tended his master’s Sheep near a dark forest not far from the village. Soon he found life in the pasture very dull. One day as he sat watching the Sheep and the quiet forest, and thinking what he would do should he see a Wolf, he thought of a plan to amuse himself.

                The Tortoise and the Hare

                The Tortoise and the Hare

                  A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.

                  “Do you ever get anywhere?” he asked with a mocking laugh.

                  No Fear

                  No Fear

                    He had just passed an abandoned missionary Baptist church when the forest grew quiet around him. The cicadas stopped singing, the night creatures went silent, and the breeze died to a whisper. In the silence, he heard something sliding through the trees on his right.

                    The Fox's Tail: A Fable

                    The Fox’s Tail

                      A Man caught a Fox, and asked her: “Who has taught you Foxes how to cheat the dogs?”

                      The Canary and the Wasp: A Fable

                      The Canary and the Wasp

                        “Why do people not treat me as they treat you?” said a Wasp to a Canary on bright summer morning. “What do you mean?” asked the Canary as he preened his bright feathers.

                        The Giant's Cave

                        The Giant’s Cave

                          Long ago, near the mouth of the Copper Mine River, which flows into the Arctic River, there lived an enormous giant. His cave was not far from an Inuit village, and he kept the people of that village in constant terror because when he could not get enough whale meat, or seal to eat, he would capture the little children and eat them up.

                          Why Crow's Feathers are Black

                          Why Crow’s Feathers are Black

                            Long ago, when crows were white, a crow and an owl sat on a log, talking together.

                            The crow said he did not like his color, and the owl said, “I wish I had some pretty spots on my back.”

                            “So do I,” said the crow. “Let us paint each other with black oil from the lamp.”

                            Why Sis Pig Can See the Wind

                            Why Sis Pig Can See the Wind

                              Did you hear how come that old Sis Pig can see the wind? You never heard that? Well, maybe you have noticed, many and many a time, how unrestful, and distracted-like the pigs are, when the wind blows, and how they squeal, and run this way and that way? Well, sir, all that is going on because pigs can see the wind.

                              How Brother Terrapin Rode in the Clouds

                              How Brother Terrapin Rode in the Clouds

                                One day, old Brother Terrapin was a-grumbling and a-fussing, because he had to creep on the ground. When he met Brother Rabbit, he grumbled because he can’t run like Brother Rabbit, and when he met Brother Buzzard, he grumbled because he can’t fly in the clouds like Brother Buzzard, and so on. Grumble, grumble, grumble. That was Brother Terrapin.

                                How Mr. Coon's Daughter Came to Marry Brother Terrapin

                                How Mr. Coon’s Daughter Came to Marry Brother Terrapin

                                  Well now, Brother Deer and Brother Terrapin were both courting of Mr. Coon’s daughter. Brother Deer was right sure enough a gentleman, that he was, while old Brother Terrapin was a poor, slow, old man. All the creatures wondered how the girl could smile on Brother Terrapin with Brother Deer around, but I tell you old man Terrapin had a real taking way with the girls when he put his mind to it.

                                  Why Dogs Chase Cats

                                  Why Dogs Chase Cats

                                    Once long ago, Dog was married to Cat. They were happy together, but every night when Dog came home from work, Cat said she was too sick to make him dinner…

                                    The Black Cat’s Message

                                      I came home late one night after work and found my wife Ethel puttering about the kitchen with a big yellow cat at her heels.
                                      “And who is this?” I asked jovially.
                                      “This is our new cat,” said Ethel, giving me a hug and a kiss to welcome me home. “She just appeared at the kitchen door and wanted to come in. None of the neighbors know where she came from, so I guess she’s ours. It will be nice to have some company around the house.”

                                      Why Lizard's Can't Sit

                                      Why Lizards Can’t Sit

                                        Back in the old days, Brother Lizard was an awful lot like Brother Frog, meaning he could sit upright like a dog.  Things were like this for quite a spell.  Then one day when they were walking down the road by their swamp, Brother Lizard and Brother Frog spotted some real nice pastureland with a great big pond that was on the far side of a great big fence.

                                        Brother Bear’s House

                                          Well now, out of all the animals that live in the woods, Brother Bear had the biggest house. The house was warm and cozy on the inside, but it was also very crowded on account of Brother Bear having him a plump wife and two plump young ‘uns named Simon and Susannah.

                                          Brer Fox goes hunting

                                          Brother Fox Goes Hunting

                                            Well, it was a crisp autumn day, don’t ya know, and Brother Fox, he decided he wanted to go hunting. He’d made his peace with Brother Rabbit a few months back, and he thought it would be a fine thing if they went hunting together. So, Brother Fox stopped by Brother Rabbit’s place and invited him to come along.

                                            Mrs. Crockett Saves the Day

                                              Shortly after I got married, I went to settle on the north side of the Big Muddy with my new wife, Mrs. Davy Crockett. Now a cousin of my wife’s packed his bags and came along with us. He had been to Cincinnati and had got a great education for them days. He could grammar-itize and geography-itize and philosophize.

                                              Coyote and Wishpoosh

                                                Now Wishpoosh the monster beaver lived in the beautiful Lake Cle-el-lum which was full of fish. Every day, the animal people would come to the lake, wanting to catch some fish, but Wishpoosh the giant beaver drove them away with many threats and great splashing. If they refused to leave, Wishpoosh would kill the animal people by dragging them deep into the lake so that they drowned.

                                                The Heart of a Monster

                                                The Heart of the Monster

                                                  There was during the time of the Watetash a monster living in the country of Kamiah in Central Idaho. This monster had the peculiar property of an irresistible breath, so that when it inhaled, the winds and grass and trees and even different animals would be sucked into its devouring maw.

                                                  Armadillo’s Song

                                                    There once lived an armadillo who loved music more than anything else in the world. After every rainfall, the armadillo would drag his shell over to the large pond filled with frogs and he would listen to the big green frogs singing back and forth, back and forth to each other in the most amazing voices.

                                                    Why the Possum Plays Dead

                                                    Why the Possum Plays Dead

                                                      Rabbit and Possum each wanted a wife, but no one would marry either of them. They talked over the matter and Rabbit said, “We can’t get wives here. Let’s go to the next village. I’ll say I’m messenger for the council and that everybody must marry at once, and then we’ll be sure to get wives.”

                                                      The Eagle's Revenge

                                                      The Eagle’s Revenge

                                                        Once a hunter in the mountains heard a noise at night like a rushing wind. He went outside his tepee, and found an eagle was sitting on the drying pole, feasting at the deer he had shot. So, he shot the eagle.

                                                        Gollywhopper's Eggs

                                                        Gollywhopper’s Eggs

                                                          Well now, when old Johnson came to town, I knew there’d be trouble. That Yankee Peddler was a scoundrel if ever I saw one. But I was laid up with my rheumatism when he arrived, so I couldn’t do anything about it.

                                                          Rainbow Crow

                                                          Rainbow Crow

                                                            It was so cold. Snow fell constantly, and ice formed over all the waters. The animals had never seen snow before. At first, it was a novelty, something to play in. But the cold increased tenfold, and they began to worry. The little animals were being buried in the snow drifts and the larger animals could hardly walk because the snow was so deep. Soon, all would perish if something were not done.