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Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow. All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer's field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder. The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. 'Why do you work so hard, dear ant?' he would say. 'Come, rest awhile, listen to my song. Summer is here, the days are long and bright. Why waste the sunshine in labour and toil?' The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster. This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder. 'What a silly little ant you are!' he would call after her. 'Come, come and dance with me! Forget about work! Enjoy the summer! Live a little!' And the grasshopper would hop away across the meadow, singing and dancing merrily. Summer faded into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The sun was hardly seen, and the days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.
From Aesop: The Ant and the Grasshopper The Lion and the Mouse The Ass and the Lapdog The Cat and the Fox The Lion with Bad Breath
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and sang and danced. The meadow and the farmer's field were covered in snow. You should have thought of winter then! Find somewhere else to sing. and there was no food to be had. grasshopper! There is no warmth or food for you here!' And the ant shut the door in the grasshopper's face. 'Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?' wailed the grasshopper. 'All summer long I worked hard while you made fun of me. Suddenly he remembered the ant. and nothing to eat. to sing for you. It is wise to worry about tomorrow today.The grasshopper didn't feel like singing any more. 'Hello ant!' he cried cheerfully. 'Here I am. while you get me some food from that larder of yours!' The ant looked at the grasshopper and said. perking up.I shall go to the ant and ask her for food and shelter!' declared the grasshopper. He had nowhere to shelter from the snow. . as I warm myself by your fire. He was cold and hungry. 'Ah . So off he went to the ant's house and knocked at her door.
Fire was leaping and dancing in delight. Schlosser In the beginning of the world. flickering Fire. It was nearly out. nourished by the first stick. By this time. Fire was angry when it saw Bear. Bear and his people carried fire with them wherever they went. then it dwindled down and down. ." Fire explained. They wandered further and further away from Fire.E. "What should I feed you?" Man asked. "I do not even know you!" Fire shouted at Bear. "Feed me! Feed me!" Fire cried in despair. so they could not take it and carry it away with them. A long time later. looking for Fire. Bear set Fire at the edge of the forest. Bear and his people came to a great forest. And now Fire belongs to Man.Fire A Myth from the Alabama Tribe retold by S. But Bear and his people had wandered deep into the forest. eating the delicious acorns and seeking out more when the acorn supply grew low. burned brighter and stretched taller and eagerly claimed the second stick. enjoying the changed colors and the hissing and snapping sound Fire made as it ate the wood. Fire was alarmed. Fire. Man picked up a third stick and laid it on the south side of Fire and laid a fourth stick on the East. its hunger satisfied. where they found many acorns lying on the forest floor. The terrible heat rolling of Fire drove Bear and his people away. The acorns were crunch and crisp and tasted better than any other acorns Bear and his people had ever eaten. It blazed until it was white-hot and so bright that Bear had to shade his eyes with both paws. and then did not hear Fire's cries. and Man fed Fire sticks whenever it got hungry. Fire sent its orange-blue flames flickering up the side of the stick until it started to burn. He had never seen Fire before. It started to smoke and flicker. It warmed Bear and his people on cold nights and gave them light when it was dark. Man got a second stick and laid it on the West side of the fire. it was Bear who owned Fire. Bear and his people came back to the edge of the forest. "Feed me! Feed me!" Fire shouted to Bear. and he and his people began eating acorns. Fire blazed up merrily for a while. At that moment. One day. "I eat sticks and logs and wood of all kinds. Man and Fire were very happy together. Man warmed himself by the blazing Fire. until it had burned nearly all of its wood. Man came walking through the forest and saw the small. Man picked up a stick and leaned it on the North side of Fire.