The Greedy Mouse
A mouse saw a basket full of corn. He wanted to eat it, so he made a small hole in the basket, squeezed in through the hole. The mouse ate a lot of corn. He felt full and content.
Now he wanted to leave, but could not come out through the small hole, no matter how hard he tried. His belly was full. He tried again and again, but all in vain.
The mouse started crying. A rabbit was passing by. It heard the mouse’s cry and asked, “Why are you crying, my friend?”
The mouse explained, “I made a small hole and came into the basket to eat the corn. Now I am not able to get out through that hole.”
The rabbit said, “It is because you ate too much. Wait till your belly shrinks.” The rabbit laughed and went away.
The mouse fell asleep in the basket. The next morning his belly had shrunk. But he wanted to eat some more corn. He forgot all about getting out of the basket. So he ate the corn and his belly was really big again.
After eating, the mouse remembered that he had to escape. But obviously, he could not. So he thought, “Oh! Now I will go out tomorrow.”
The cat was the next passerby. He smelt the mouse in the basket. He lifted its lid and caught the big-belly mouse single-handed.
The Bragging Monkey
Long ago, some sailors set out to sea in their sailing ship. One of them brought a pet monkey along for the long journey.
When they were far out at sea, a terrible storm overturned their ship. Everyone fell into the sea, and the monkey was sure that he would drown. Suddenly a dolphin appeared and picked him up.
They soon reached the island and the monkey came down from the dolphin’s back. The dolphin asked the monkey, “Do you know this place?”
The monkey replied with a lie, “Yes, I do. In fact, the king of the island is my best friend. Do you know that I am actually a prince?”
Knowing that no one lived on the island, the dolphin said, “Well, well, so you are a prince! Now you can be a king!” The monkey anxiously asked, “How can I be a king?”
As the dolphin started swimming away and said, “That is easy. As you are the only creature on this island, you will naturally be the king!” Those who lie and boast may surely end up in trouble.