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Bluebird and the Coyote 管理者 2011-07-05

Bluebird and the Coyote
 
By James Mitchell
 
A long time ago Bluebird’s feathers were dull and ugly in color.  He lived by a beautiful lake with blue water.  Everyday Bluebird would wash in the lake four times and sing:
“There’s a Blue Water.
It lies there.
I went in.
I am all blue.”
 
On the fourth morning it came out without any feathers.  But on the fifth morning it came out with blue feathers, like the color of the water.
 
Coyote had been watching Bluebird and asked him, “How is it that all of the ugly color has come out of your feathers?  Now you are blue and beautiful.  You are the most beautiful bird in the air.  I want to be blue also!”
 
So Bluebird taught Coyote the song and Coyote also washed in the lake four times.  Then, Coyote was blue!  
 
This made Coyote very proud.  When he went walking and running, he kept looking from side to side to see if anyone was admiring his blue fur.
 
He was looking around so much that he ran into a tree stump and flew into the dirt and became dust-colored all over.  To this day, coyotes are the color of dusty earth.  
 
 
 
 


COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:  
  1. What color did Bluebird's feathers used to be?
  2. Where did Bluebird wash to turn blue?
  3. What did Coyote want?
  4. What did Bluebird teach Coyote?
  5. What happened to Coyote's blue fur? 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. Bluebird's feathers used to be dull and ugly.
  2. He washed in a blue lake.
  3. Coyote also wanted to be blue.
  4. Bluebird taught Coyote the song and to wash in the blue lake.
  5. He fell in the dust and so it turned dust-colored.
 
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Buffalo and Eagle Wing 管理者 2011-07-04
 
Buffalo and Eagle Wing
 
By James Mitchell
 
Long ago there were no rocks on the ground.  The ground was smooth and all of the trees were tall.  It was easy to run.
 
Magic Buffalo lived there who could transform anything into something else. Buffalo often traveled across a mountain.  He asked the mountain, “Would you like to be changed into something else?”
 
“Yes,” replied the mountain.  “I would like to be changed into something which nobody would want to climb over.”
 
“All right,” replied Magic Buffalo.  “I will change you into something hard called ‘stone’.  No one will want to break you and no one will want to climb over you.”
 
Buffalo went to the land of people and taught a boy how to run as fast as the wind.  The boy was named ‘Eagle Wing’.  Eagle Wing promised Magic Buffalo that he would never hunt the buffalo with his running power. 
 
But one day Eagle Wing broke his promise and used his running power to hunt the buffalo.  Magic Buffalo then asked Stone Mountain to punish the people.
 
“I will ask the trees to tangle themselves so it will be difficult for men to walk through them.  I will break myself into many pieces and scatter myself over the land so that every runner will hurt his feet,” suggested Stone Mountain.
 
Magic Buffalo agreed.  Now runners hurt their feet on stones and scratch their bodies on bushes- because Eagle Wing didn’t keep his promise.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
 
  1. What could the Magic Buffalo do?
  1. What did Magic Buffalo do to the mountain?
  1. What did Magic Buffalo teach Eagle Wing?  
  1. What did Eagle Wing promise Magic Buffalo?
  1. What did Stone Mountain do to punish Eagle Wing?
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Answers to the above questions
  1. He could transform one thing into something else.
  2. He transformed the mountain into rock.
  3. Magic Buffalo taught Eagle Wing to run very fast.
  4. Eagle Wing promised never to use his running power to hunt the buffalo.
  5. Stone Mountain tangled the trees and scattered himself over the land.
 
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Buffalo and the Mouse 管理者 2011-07-03
 

Buffalo and the Mouse
 
By James Mitchell
 
Once, there was a field mouse gathering food in the meadow.  A buffalo came along to eat the grass but the field mouse didn’t like that.  The field mouse didn’t want to share the food. The field mouse decided to fight the buffalo.
 
“Hey, Friend Buffalo, I challenge you to a fight!” the mouse squeaked with his tiny voice.
 
“You better be quiet little mouse, or I will come over there and stomp on you,” replied the buffalo.
 
“I dare you to do it!” squeaked the tiny mouse.
 
The buffalo went to the mouse and stomped on the ground until there was a cloud of dust.  The buffalo thought he had won the battle, but then he started to feel a scratching in his right ear.  The scratching got stronger and more painful so the buffalo ran in all directions to stop the pain.  The buffalo ran and ran until he fell down to the ground dead.
 
“Ah, I have killed the greatest of all beasts!  This will show to all that I am the master!” squeaked the mouse from atop the dead buffalo.
 
A fox heard the mouse shouting, snuck through the tall grass, and ate the mouse up with one swallow.
 
The lesson: if you are proud and selfish, you will lose all in the end.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:  
 
  1. Why did the field mouse want to fight the buffalo?
  1. What did the buffalo try to do to the field mouse?
  1. What happened to the buffalo?
  1. What happened to the mouse?
  1. What is the lesson of the story?
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Answers to the above questions
  1. Because the mouse didn’t want to share the food.
  2. The Buffalo tried to stomp the mouse.
  3. The mouse scratched the buffalo’s ear until the buffalo died.
  4. A fox ate the boasting field mouse.
  5. If you are proud and selfish, you will lose all in the end.

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Chipmunk and Bear 管理者 2011-07-02
 
Chipmunk and Bear
 
By James Mitchell
 
One day Bear was looking for some food.  Bear was very sure of himself.  As he turned over a big log to look for food, Bear said to himself, “There is nothing I cannot do.”
 
“Is that so?” said a small voice.  Bear looked down and saw Chipmunk.
 
“Yes, that is true indeed!” said Bear as he rolled over another log.  “Look at how easily I do this.  I am the strongest of the animals.  All the animals fear me.  I can do anything.” 
 
“Can you stop the sun from rising in the morning?” asked Chipmunk.
 
Bear thought for a moment.  “I never tried that,” he said.  “But I am sure I could stop the sun from rising in the morning.”
 
“Are you sure?” asked Chipmunk.
 
“I am sure,” said Bear.  “Tomorrow morning the sun will not rise. I, Bear, have said so.”  Bear sat down facing the East to wait for the rising sun.
 
Bear waited all night until morning.  “The sun will not rise today!” said Bear looking at the glowing light.  “The sun will not rise today!”
 
But the sun came up anyway.  Chipmunk laughed and laughed at Bear.
 
Bear swung his paw at Chipmunk and Chipmunk darted away for his hole.  Bear didn’t kill Chipmunk but he left three long scars, from his claws, down Chipmunk’s back.  To this day, all chipmunks wear those scars as a reminder of what happens when one animal makes fun of another.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
 
  1. What did Bear think of himself?
  1. What did Chipmunk challenge Bear to do?
  1. Was Bear able to stop the sun from rising?
  1. What did Bear do to Chipmunk?
  1. What are the scars on Chipmunk a reminder of?



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Answers to the above questions 
  1. He was very sure of himself.
  2. Chipmunk challenged Bear to stop the sun from rising.
  3. No, Bear couldn’t stop the sun from rising.
  4. Bear tried to kill Chipmunk with his paw.
  5. What happens when one animal makes fun of another.
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Coyote and the Rolling Rock 管理者 2011-07-01
 
Coyote and the Rolling Rock
 
By James Mitchell
 
Coyote and Fox were out walking.  Coyote put his blanket on a large rock to rest.  Afterwards, Coyote said to the rock, “Here Brother.  I give you my blanket because you let me rest here.  Keep it always.”
 
Coyote and Fox went on their way when it began to rain very heavily.  They both ran into a cave.  Coyote sent Fox back to the rock to get his blanket.
 
“No,” said the rock. “He gave it to me as a present.  I shall keep it always.”
 
Fox told Coyote what Rock said and Coyote got angry.  Coyote went back to Rock and took back his blanket.  Coyote and Fox stayed warm under the blanket until the rain stopped.  Soon, Coyote and Fox heard a loud noise coming from over the hill.  They looked outside of the cave and saw the rock rolling towards them- coming to take back the blanket!
 
Coyote ran as fast as he could but the rock kept rolling after him.  Bears, Buffalos, and Snakes all tried to stop the rock, but they all failed.  Coyote then saw two witches.
 
“We’ll save you!” the witches called out.  They had stone hatches and so they broke the rock up into pieces. 
 
Coyote heard one witch tell the other, “He looks nice and fat.  We’ll have something good for dinner!  Let’s eat him right away!”
 
But Coyote tricked the witches and ran away.  The two witches were so angry they yelled at each other until they both died.  
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
 
  1. What did Coyote give to Rock?
  2. Why did Rock come rolling after Coyote?
  3. Who tried to stop Rock but failed?
  4. What did the witches do to the rock?
  5. Why did Coyote have to run away from the witches?
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Answers to the above questions
  1. Coyote gave Rock a blanket.
  2. Rock rolled after Coyote because he wanted the blanket back.
  3. Bears, Buffalos, and Snakes all tried to stop Rock but failed.
  4. The witches broke the rock up into little pieces.
  5. Coyote had to run away because the witches wanted to eat him.
 
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How Bear Lost His Tail 管理者 2011-06-30
 
How Bear Lost His Tail
 
By James Mitchell
 
In the old days, Bear had a long and beautiful tail.  Bear would wave his tail around for all to see.  Fox decided to play a trick on Bear.
 
It was winter so Fox dug a hole in the ice on the lake.  He caught several fish and laid them on the ice.  He waited for Bear to arrive.
 
“Greetings, Brother,” said Bear.  “What are you doing?”
 
“I am fishing,” answered Fox.  “Would you like to try?”
 
“Oh, yes!” said Bear.  He moved toward Fox’s fishing hole, but Fox stopped him.
 
“Wait, Brother” he said.  “This place isn’t any good.  I have caught all the fish.  I will make a new hole where you will catch many fish.”
 
Bear agreed and so Fox made a fishing hole in a part of the lake too shallow for any fish.  Fox then told Bear, “Now, put your tail in this hole and when a fish grabs it, I will tell you from a hiding place.  Then pull up your tail and eat the fish.”
 
Bear agreed and Fox, laughing at his trick, went home to sleep.  The next morning, Fox went to the lake and saw Bear asleep on the ice.  The water had frozen overnight and Bear’s tail was frozen in the ice. 
 
Fox went to sleeping Bear and yelled, “Now, Bear!” Bear woke up, pulled up his tail very hard, and his tail broke off in the ice.
 
To this day, Bears have short tails and it is all because of Fox.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
 
  1. What kind of tail did Bear used to have?
  2. Who decides to play a trick on Bear?
  3. Why did Bear put his long tail in the fishing hole?
  4. What happens when Fox wakes Bear in the morning?
  5. What kind of tail do Bears have now?
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. Bear used to have a long and beautiful tail.
  2. Fox decides to play a trick on Bear.
  3. Bear put his long tail in the fishing hole because Fox told him to.
  4. Bear pulls his tail up, which is frozen in the ice, and it breaks off.
  5. Bears now have short tails.
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How the Fly Saved the River 管理者 2011-06-29
 
How the Fly Saved the River
 
By James Mitchell
 
When the world was new, there was a great river.  The river had many fish and all the animals came there to drink.
 
A giant moose heard about the river so he came to drink.  The moose was so big and he drank so much that the river became smaller and smaller after he drank.
 
The beavers were worried because the disappearing water would destroy their homes.
 
The muskrats were worried because they would have nowhere to live.
 
And the fish were worried because they would die if the water disappeared.
 
All of the animals tried to think of a way to get rid of the moose but they were afraid.  He was so big that even Bear was afraid of him.
 
Finally the Fly said that he would get rid of the moose.  All of the animals laughed and didn’t believe because the moose was so big and the fly was so small.
 
When the moose came again, the fly landed on the moose’s leg and bit sharply.  The moose stamped his foot to get rid of the fly but it wouldn’t work.  The fly went all over the moose biting and biting until the moose went crazy and ran away from the river.
 
The moose never returned to the river.  And the Fly told everyone, “Even the small can fight the strong if they use their brains to think.”
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
 

  1. What happened to the river when the moose came there to drink?
  1. Why were the beavers worried about the river?
  1. Why were the fish worried about the river?
  1. Why did the animals laugh when Fly said he would get rid of the moose?
  1. What did Fly tell everyone when he got rid of the moose?
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. The river got smaller and smaller.
  2. If it disappeared, their homes would be destroyed.
  3. If it disappeared, they would die.
  4. Because he was so small and the moose was so big.
  5. “Even the small can fight the strong if they use their brains to think.” 
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The Crane and the Frogs 管理者 2011-06-28

The Crane and the Frogs
 
By James Mitchell
 
In the woods there was a big pond.  Around this pond were tall grasses and in the tall grasses lived a large tribe of frogs.  Every night the frogs would croak a melody of songs. 
 
“Croak, croak!  I’m the chief of this pond!” croaked an old frog.
“Croak, croak!  No, I’m the chief of this pond!” croaked a young frog.
“Croak, croak!  No, no, I’m the chief of this pond!” croaked another frog.
 
And so it went on, night after night.  All of the frogs croaked about how they were each ‘Chief of the Pond’.
 
One night, a white crane with long legs came to the pond.  He heard the frogs croaking and he was very hungry.   He snuck up on one of the croaking frogs to eat him, but with a splash in the water the frog swam away.
 
Then it was quiet, but soon the frogs began croaking “I am chief of this pond!”  The crane snuck up on another frog, but that frog jumped away.
 
It was quiet at the pond but soon all the frogs began croaking “I am chief of this pond!”
 
The crane moved slowly to a croaking frog; before that frog jumped in the water, the crane gobbled him up for dinner. 
 
The lesson: it isn’t a good thing to boast too loudly.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
 
  1. What lived around the pond?
  2. What did the frogs croak every night?
  3. What came to the pond looking for frogs to eat?
  4. Why was the crane able to catch a frog?
  5. What is the lesson of the story?


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. A large tribe of frogs.
  2. I’m the chief of this pond!”
  3. A crane came looking for frogs.
  4. The crane could hear the frogs croaking.
  5. It isn’t a good thing to boast too loudly.

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The Hungry Fox and the Boastful Suitor 管理者 2011-06-27
  
The Hungry Fox and the Boastful Suitor
 
By James Mitchell
 
Fox had been hunting but he didn’t catch anything.  He was very hungry.  Fox saw a feather moving over the bushes.  But it wasn’t a bird to eat; it was an Iroquois man singing:
 
“No one is braver than Heron Feather.  And I should know for I am he!  No one wears finer clothing. No one is a better fisherman.  If you doubt this, look and see!”
 
Fox could smell fish with Heron Feather.  So, Fox lay down in the road with his tongue sticking out.
 
“Ewwww, what is this?” said Heron Feather.  “It is a dead fox.”
 
Picking him up, Heron Feather said, “I will not skin him now, I will get my fine clothes dirty.  I will just take him with me.” And Heron Feather put Fox in the bag with the fish.
 
Heron Feather continued his journey to win a new bride.   Fox chewed a hole in the side of the bag and dropped the fish.  Fox also got out and ate the fish.  Heron Feather didn’t notice anything because he was singing.
 
Heron Feather arrived to the village where Swaying Reed lived.  He sang of his great clothes, great fish, and great fox he was going to give her as a wedding present.  But when he looked in the bag, he saw that it was empty.
 
Heron Feather went back home, sad and disappointed.  He learned that day that boasting songs do not make a great person.
 
 
 
 


COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:  
  1. Why was Fox really hungry?
  2. Who was singing?
  3. What did Heron Feather have that Fox wanted?
  4. How did Fox steal the fish?
  5. What did Heron Feather learn that day?


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. He didn’t catch any food.
  2. Heron Feather was singing.
  3. Heron Feather had fish.
  4. He pretended to be dead and then chewed a hole in the bag.
  5. Boasting songs do not make a person great.

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The Origin of the Earth 管理者 2011-06-26
 
The Origin of the Earth
 
By James Mitchell
 
Before the beginning, there was water everywhere.  There were no people, animals, or land.
 
But there were birds, and they held a meeting to decide if there should be all land or all water.  “Let us have all land, so that we can have more food,” some of the birds said.  Others said, “Let us have all water, because we like it this way.”
 
They made Eagle their chief for him to decide.  Eagle decided land would be best.  “Who will go and search for land?”
 
Dove volunteered and flew away.  In four days he returned and reported, “I could not find land anywhere.”
 
Crawfish came swimming by and the birds asked him to help search for land.  He went under the water for four days.  When he came up, he had some dirt in his claws.  He found land under the water.
 
Crawfish made the dirt into a ball and gave it to Eagle.  Eagle flew away with it.  Four days later he came back to the birds and told them, “Now there is an island.  An island has been formed- follow me!”
 
The birds all flew to the island.  The island was very small.  But soon the island grew bigger and bigger, and more islands appeared.  The water got lower and made the land we have today.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
 
  1. Whom did the birds elect as their chief?
  2. What did Eagle decide would be best to have on Earth, land or water?
  3. Who volunteered to go look for land?
  4. What did Crawfish bring up from the bottom of the water?
  5. What did Eagle make for the birds?


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. The birds elected Eagle.
  2. Eagle decided land would be best.
  3. Dove volunteered to look for land.
  4. Crawfish brought dirt from the bottom of the water.
  5. Eagle made an island for the birds.
 
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