The rabbit’s tail

Many years ago, rabbits had long tails, not short ones, and crocodiles had tongues.

One such long-tailed rabbit lived near a pound. He drunk water from the pound and ate the grass nearby.

Now, in the pound lived a crocodile. The crocodile saw the rabbit eating grass and drinking water, and the thought how nice it would be to eat the rabbit.

One day the crocodile swam very close to the edge of the pound. He lay still in the water, hoping that the rabbit wouldn’t see him. When the rabbit came to drink, the crocodile opened his mounth wide. The he closed it with a snap. The rabbit was cought between the crocodile’s sharp teeth.

Of course, the rabbit was very frightened, but he did not want the crocodile to know this. “ I am not afraid of you,” sait the rabbit. “I am only afraid of animals that roar, everyone know that crocodiles can not roar, so you can not frighten me.”

When the crocodile hear this, he become very angry. He wanted to show the rabbit that he can roar as fiercely as a tiger. And so, the crocodile opened his mouth, the clever rabbit jumoed free. As he jumped, the rabbit sharp toe-nails caught the crocodile’s tounge and tore it out.

The crocodile tried ti catch the rabbit again, but his great teeth only snapped off the end of the rabbit’s tail. Again and again the crocodile tried to catch the rabbit, but the rabbit was to quick for him. Sometimes the crocodile caught a piece of the rabbit’s tail, but he could neverr roar at the rabbit because he had lost his tongue.

That is why rabbits today have short tails, and crocodiles have no tongues.


A mouse and a lion

A lion is a very big animal. He lives in Africa. Africa isn’t an island, it is a part of the world. Asia, Europe, Australia and America are also parts of the world. The lion catches goats and cows and eats them, but he also eats smaller animals. Sometimes he kills a man and eats him.

One day a lion was sleeping in his den. A mouse ran over his nose and the lion woke up. He was very angry. He put his paw on the little mouse and was about to kill her.

The little mouse was afraid of the big lion. She cried loudly. She said:” please lion, don’t eat me”

The lion was a kind lion. He took pity on the little mouse and he didn’t eat her. She ran away and went home.

The next day the lion was walking in the forest. In the forest there was a net and the lion didn’t see the net in the trees. He walked into the net and he didn’t know how to get out.

He roared loudly. He cried:” come and help me. I am the lion. I am in a net. I can’t get out. Come on help me.”

But the animal in the forest were afraid of the lion. They didn’t like him and they didn’t want to help him.

When the mouse heard the lion crying, she run quickly. She said:”I am very little, but I can help you. Yesterday you were kind to me. I can help you now.”

Then she began to bite the net and made a little hole. Then she bit again and again and made a bigger hole. At the last the hole was very big and the lion could walk out of the net. He said:” thank you. Thank you very much, little mouse.” But the mouse said:”don’t thank me. You were kind to me yesterday and I am helping you now.”


Why tigers have stripes??

Long ago tigers did not have stripes, as they do now. Instead, they were bright orange all over. This, however, does not mean that tigers were same in those days. They were as fierce then as they are now.

One day a man named Tahtoh was cutting rattan in the forest. Suddenly he heard a loud roar. He looked up and saw a huge tiger standing near him.


“I am going to eat you,” said the tiger.

“oh, that doesn’t matter,” Tahtoh replied bravely.

This puzzled the tiger. He had never met a man who wanted to be eaten. “why doesn’t it matter?” he asked.

“Because you are going to die soon anyway,” said Tahtoh. “there is a flood coming. The water will cover the earth. It will reach up to the skies and the fish will nimble the stars. In fact, that’s why I am cutting rattan today. I am going to tie my friends to the tree-tops before it’s too late.”

“oh, dear.” Said the tiger. “I don’t want to die, let me be your friend. Tie me to a tree and I promise not to eat you, not even after the flood.”

Tahtoh thought about this. He pretended to be unwilling to do what the tiger wanted. This made the tiger want even more to be tied in a tree. At last Tahtoh agreed to save the tiger. He wrapped rattan round and round the tiger’s body.

Soon the tiger was tied firmly to the top of a tree. After several days, the tiger realized that he had been tricked. He turned this way and that trying to get loose, but the more he turned the more deeply the rattan cut him. At last, after the tree.. the cuts in his skin turned black and that is why tigers ever since have had stripes.


Sedekah dari Rasulullah (Sebuah Cerita)

Seorang laki-laki datang menghampiri Rasulullah. Ia seorang Madinah. Pada awal masa hijriah Rasulullah ke Madinah, keadaan masyarakat kota Madinah Belum makmur. Banyak orang miskin di sana. Banyak peminta-minta. Laki-laki yang datang menemui Rasulullah itu juga peminta-minta.

“Berilah sedekah sekedarnya , Tuan,” pinta laki-laki itu. Rasulullah memberikan sedekah berupa makanan untuk peminta-minta itu.

“Hanya ini yang bisa kuberikan,” kata Rasulullah. “Syukurilah rezeki dari Allah.”

“Terima kasih, Tuan.”

Peminta-minta itu pergi. Keesokan harinya, ia datang lagi meminta sedekah kepada Rasulullah. Kali ini Rasulullah memberikan beberapa dirham uang. Dirham adalah satuan uang yang berlaku pada masa itu.

Keesokan harinya, peminta-minta itu datang pula meminta sedekah pada Rasulullah. Kali ini Rasulullah tidak memberikan makanan, tidak pula uang.

“Berikanlah sedekah sekedarnya kepadaku, Tuan,” pinta laki-laki itu.

Rasulullah mengambil sebilah kampak. Diberikannya kampak itu kepada peminta-minta.

“Inilah sedekahku hari ini kepadamu,” kata Rasulullah.

Peminta-minta itu keheranan.

“Untuk apa kampak itu, Tuan? Aku meminta uang atau makanan sebagai sedekah.”

“Kampak ini bisa digunakan untuk menebang pohon, membelah kayu, dan pekerjaan-pekerjaan lainnya. pekerjaan itu bisa menghasilkan nafkah bagi kamu dan keluargamu.”

Peminta-minta itu menerima kampak dari Rasulullah.

“Gunakan untuk mencari nafkah sehingga kau tidak meminta-minta lagi,” kata Rasulullah.

Peminta-minta itu pergi. Ia merasa malu menjadi peminta-minta untuk mencari nafkah bagi keluarganya. Sejak sat itu, peminta-minta itu tidak pernah mengemis lagi. Ia menggunakan kampak pemberian Rasulullah untuk mencari nafkah.