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The Scolding Little Bird
It was early in the morning.  The Little bird woke up with the sudden increase in the volume of her mother’s voice.  The little bird came out of the nest and heard her mother scolding her sister for not dusting her nest.  The words of scolding appealed this little bird like a sweet music on that day.  The entire day it had used these words – you stupid, dirty fellow, rascal, useless fellow, lazy creature, filthy animal, etc.
The way it uses these words to scold amuses others rather than hurting them.
Like a wild fire the news about the amusing way of scolding by this little bird has spread in the forest.    The animals big and small, the big birds, even the big insects have planned to visit this bird and get scolded by it.
On the second day came the elephant – the first animal to get the scolding from this little bird.  The little bird scolded the elephant continuously for three minutes.  Seeing this little bird scolding, the elephant rolled on the floor with peels of laughter.  Seeing the elephant in that condition the little bird further added some unknown words to add to the abuses.  This made the elephant gasp for its breath.
The elephant spread the news of the amusing way of scolding by the little bird further by adding its own experience.  The entire forest has been buzzing with this news and the several animals including the lions have started journeying towards this little bird’s place.
Several animals waiting to see the process of scolding keenly surrounded the neem tree on which this little bird lives.   Since the Lion was the king there, it has decided to get the scolding first.  The mother of the little bird, brought the little bird and made it sit on a small stone. The lion approached the little bird and greeted by waving its head front and back.  The little bird got annoyed and started scolding it as usual.
The lion was not able to control its laughter.  Seeing the struggle of the lion all the animals watching this unique scolding event started laughing.  The lion’s laughter increased and ended with a big roar.  That made the little bird to stop scolding and it hugged its mother saying, “I shall never scold any one from now on”
All the animals scolded the lion for this and disbursed to their places












Bakery Bear
A Tongue Twister Tale 
by
S. E. Schlosser

Brenda was busy baking a batch of blueberry muffins in the kitchen of Butler's Bakery when the bell rang.

"Be with you in a bit," Brenda called, brushing her blond braid over her shoulder.

Brenda put the blueberry muffins into the oven and bustled into the store. A big brown bear stood with his paws on the counter.

"Grumph," said the big brown bear.

"Aaaaa!" said Brenda Butler.

Brenda ran out through the back door to get Bill Boyle, the policeman.

"Bill, there is a big brown bear in the bakery!" Brenda cried.

"A bear?" Bill asked.

Bill followed Brenda into the bakery. The bear was busy eating blintz's and a bunch of bagels. It looked at Bill Boyle and grunted bad-temperedly.

"Here bear. Nice bear," Bill said nervously.

The bear gave Bill a baleful grin. Bill backed away. The bear ambled toward Bill. Bill ran.

"Oh boy," Brenda babbled and fled from the store.

"I'd better call Barney," Bill told Brenda.

Barney Blake was the local dogcatcher for the town of Bradley. Barney drove up in his big blue van and hopped out.

"Where's the bear?" Barney asked Brenda.

"It's in the bakery," Brenda said.

Barney took a big net and went into the bakery. Brenda heard a bang. Grabbing a broom from the closet, Brenda rushed into the store. Barney was standing on a bench, waving his arms and yelling "Shoo!" at the bear. The bear was biting Barney's black boots hungrily.

Brenda beat the bear with the broom. "Back off, you big bully," Brenda shouted.

When the bear bit the broom, Barney jumped off the bench and ran out of the bakery. Brenda followed.

"What happened to your net?" asked Brenda breathlessly.

"The bear broke it," said Barney.

A wave off smoke came billowing out the back door of the bakery.

"My blueberry muffins are burning!" cried Brenda. She raced into the kitchen.

As Brenda removed the burnt blueberry muffins from the oven, the bear came into the kitchen.

"Shoo you bumbling brute," Brenda said to it. "You are bad for business. You made me burn my muffins."

Brenda threw a blueberry muffin at the bear. The bear ate the muffin and went back into the store.

"Is it gone?" asked Bill, as he and Barney came cautiously into the kitchen.

"The bear is in the store," said Brenda. "I have a plan."

Brenda sent Bill to get some honeycomb and had Barney back his van behind the bakery. Meanwhile, Brenda beat up a batch of buttermilk biscuits. Then she mixed the honey from the honeycomb into the batter. Soon, the kitchen was bursting with the smell of honey buttermilk biscuits.

The loud banging noises the bear was making in the bakery store ceased abruptly as the bear smelled the honey. Brenda carried the big batch of biscuits out to the van. Bill opened the back door. The breeze blew the smell of the honey-buttermilk biscuits into the bakery. The bear nudged open the swinging door of the bakery and ambled into the kitchen. He knocked over the big brown bowl and grumbled when he found no honey.

Then the bear sniffed his way out the back door. Brenda had placed the basket of biscuits at the back of Barney's van. The bear bounded up the ramp and Barney banged the door shut. Brenda and Bill cheered.

"I will take the bear back to the forest and let him out," said Barney.

While Barney and the bear drove away in the blue van, Brenda and Bill bustled back into the bakery to clean up.



Bear Bruno - His Hobbies

Bear Bruno

Travelling

Bruno's favourite hobby is travelling. Bruno loves travelling everywhere and his dream is to visit as many foreign countries as possible in his life.
Unfortunately, travelling is quite an expensive and time-consuming hobby. As Bruno is busy anyway all the time, some of his travels still have to wait. But he is planning constantly. Next year he will at least go to India, Japan and Thailand. This year, he has already been in London, Thailand and a few other cities. Because he already was in a far-away foreign country, he has to stick to trips to cities in his own country for the rest of the year. This, however, does not matter too much to him because he loves that as well. 






THE LETTUCE GIRL

Healthy food: story Lettuce's Miracles

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‘Lettuce, get your lettuce,' the greengrocer's voice rung out along the streets. ‘Fresh lettuce leaves, they'll calm you down and make your troubles disappear. Crispy, crunchy lettuce heads; whoever tries them will find happiness!'


‘That's gold you're talking about, not lettuce,' people laughed.


‘Lettuce brings you good health, and that's worth more than gold,' the greengrocer replied. ‘Look at my beautiful daughter, she eats lettuce every day.'


The greengrocer's daughter really was beautiful and healthy. Her clear voice and rosy cheeks really brightened up his house.


No one knew where this greengrocer had come from when he arrived in the city ten years before. In those days he had been a poor man with no home and a little girl in his arms. He didn't tell anyone that he had got inflammation of the thyroid gland from working in the mines. They had sacked him, and he began wandering aimlessly, until he ended up in a deserted field. When he woke up, he realised he was lying in the undergrowth of wild lettuces. Next to him, a tiny girl was chewing green leaves. The exhausted wanderer whispered :


‘I always dreamed of having such a daughter, but I found her too late…'


The little girl squeaked, ‘Eat some lettuce and you'll get better.' The man was surprised, but he started furiously gobbling up the lettuce, and continued to do so every day . He thought it was remarkably tasty. The little girl also ate nothing but lettuce, and she never got hungry or thirsty. A couple of weeks later, the man had got his strength back and, taking the little girl with him, he went on his way.


Soon he found himself a deserted hut on the outskirts of the town, and started to grow lettuces beside it. When the first harvest was ready, the greengrocer gathered the lettuces in a basket, put the baby on his shoulders and set off towards town.
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‘Get your lettuce! It's good for you and helps fight illness!' he told people. After walking round town for several days in vain, the wanderer collapsed in exhaustion on the stone steps in front of some sort of building and, putting his daughter on his knee, he said sadly:


‘We grew the salad for nothing, daughter: no one here is buying it.'


The little girl squeaked something in reply. The greengrocer listened, nodded his head and knocked on the door of the building which they were sitting beside.


‘Madam, I know your son has poor health, and often suffers from nosebleeds. He'll get better if you give him my lettuce to eat. It contains nine different vitamins. But the most important thing is that my salad has the most vitamin K, which helps blood clot,' the gardener told the woman who opened the door.


‘How do you know that, you tramp?' the woman asked sternly.


‘My daughter whispered it in my ear, she was born inside a lettuce,' the greengrocer replied.


‘Don't talk rubbish,' the woman snapped. ‘But give me some lettuce anyway.'


A few days later, the woman's servant came to the greengrocer's hut and bought two baskets of lettuce, saying as he left.


‘The boy got better, and my mistress loses her temper with the servants less often.'


‘Tell her to eat lettuce as well. It contains a lot of copper, which is the best medicine for upset nerves,' the greengrocer replied. 




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