MOUSEDEER AND THE CROCODILE
ONCE UPON a time there was a mousedeer. One day, Mousedeer went for a
walk along the bank of a river. He saw Crocodile in the water and said to
him, "Good morning, Mr. Crocodile. I hope you are well this
Mr. Crocodile snapped at
Mousedeer. Luckily, Mousedeer was not near him.
"It would be a good morning
if I could catch you and have you for my breakfast," said Crocodile.
Mousedeer laughed, "My dear
Friend, you are too weak to catch me; you do not know how strong I am."
Crocodile looked at little
Mousedeer and laughed loudly. Mousedeer said, "Do not laugh at
me. I may be small but I can show you that I am stronger than
you." Then Mousedeer showed him a piece of rope and said:
"I will take one end of
this rope and you can take the other end. Then we will pull. We
will pull as hard as we can. We will see which one of us is the
stronger. If you can pull me into the water, then you can eat me."
Mousedeer threw one end of the
rope to Crocodile. Crocodile took the end of the rope.
When Crocodile was not looking,
Mousedeer quickly climbed up a tree. He tied his end of the rope to a big
branch at the top of the tree. Then he came down and sat behind the tree.
Crocodile now held his end of
the rope. He thought that Mousedeer was holding the other end. He
did not know that Mousedeer was just sitting behind the tree.
"Are you ready. Mr.
Crocodile?" called Mousedeer. "One, two, three, P-U-L-L!"
Crocodile pulled as hard as he
The tree bent a little towards the river. Crocodile stopped to take a
breath. At once the tree went back and became straight. As it went
back and became straight. As it went back the rope pulled Mr.
Crocodile. He was afraid. He began to think that Mousedeer was
pulling him out of the river.
So Crocodile pulled againvery,
very hard. Again the tree bent a little. Crocodile was very
tired. He stopeed to take a breath once more. At once the tree went
back again. Crocodile thought the Mousedeer was really going to pull him
out of the water this time!
Mousedeer saw that the Crocodile
was afraid. He shouted to him, "You look tired Mr. Crocodile.
Do you want to rest?" Crocodile agreed and gladly let go of the
Mousedeer rdan happily along the
bank. He did not look tired at all. He said to Crocodile, "Did
you like the pull, Mr. Crocodile? It was a good pull. You pulled
very well, but I am sure that next time I shall pull you out of the
river. Come, let us try again."
Crocodile looked at
mousedeer. He saw that Mousedeer did not look tired at all. He was
afraid that if he tried again, Mousedeer would win. Mousedeer was small
but he must be very, very strong. Crocodile said, "No, no,
Mousedeer. I cannot pull any more. You are stronger than I
am," and he swam slowly away, down the river.