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Short Stories for Kids on Fruits of Labour
Story One : Real love!
One day to the court of Krishnadevaraya two men came asking for justice. Krishnadevaraya asked his favourite minister Tenali Rama to look into the matter.
The matter was simple. The two men Somappa and Bhimappa had their agricultural field next to each other from many years. Co incidentally there was a tree which had grown, right in the middle of both of their farms! Somappa claimed it to his and Bhimappa claimed it to be his. Tenali Rama asked them both to divide the fruits it bore equally and also water it on turn -by - turn basis. But they did not agree. Raman thought for a while and said that if they were not ready to compromise then cutting the tree would be the best option.
Bhimappa accepted the decision but Somappa said it was difficult for him to see the tree falling down as he had nurtured the tree all the years. He was happy to see the tree in its full blossom. He said if Bhimappa promised to continue to nurture the tree, he would give away the tree to him instead of seeing it fall.
After listening to this, Tenali Rama easily decided that the tree belonged to Somappa as no one wants to see their beloved belonging being destroyed.
This is a brilliant story to showcase that there is a deep attachment that forms towards something that we have laboured for. Even if it comes at a cost to us, we often dont want to see the project destroyed.
Short Story Two: The sheep and the dog!
In a big farm there were a group of sheep and a dog to guard them. The sheep were sent to graze in the rich green grass till the evening and they were given some water after which they would come back to the farm. The dog would follow them around and after they were done for the day, the master would feed the dog a sumptuous meal. The dog would then go to his cozy kennel to sleep.
One of the sheep among them was envious of the dog. It had a feeling that the dog did not do any work but wander with the sheep play with the kids of the master and have delicious supper. His kennel had a soft cushion and his snack bowl was always filled with snacks. He lived life king size. The sheep, on the other hand had to give away wool and got to snack only on the grass that was freely available. No costly snacks and no playtime with kids. The sheep felt that the master had not done anything special for them.
One day, the sheep had a conversation with the dog and expressed its feeling to the dog. The dog explained that though everything looked good from outside, the dog also had it’s own difficulties. It was true that he had a cozy the kennel, but it did not help him much. He used it to have just enough sleep. As he had to get up early go for a walk with the master. The delicious eateries were good but he would often not get enough time to relish. He had to risk his life everyday while guarding the sheep from the dangers of the jungle.
After learning the dog’s side, the sheep realized that everyone had their own difficulties.
“Never judge the book by its cover” we often create an image about a person/ job of a person just by seeing what is visible to our naked eyes. But we should remember that before making such perceptions, we should learn all the good and bad aspects of the person or a job and then form a conclusion. Also, everyone has their own set of good things along with problems, fears and difficulties.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Smitha Prasad is a budding writer who writes articles and short stories for kids. She believes that childhood is the right age to inculcate the right values in kids. It helps them to develop into confident adults. She designs and runs a kid’s magazine called A LITTLE MORE-An Engaging booklet, through which she tries to reach kids that helps kids stay away from screen, build conversations and build the right mindset in kids