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THE HONEST WOODCUTTER
NARRATOR: Once upon a time in a forest there lived a poor woodcutter who worked hard to support his family.
WOODCUTTER: Thank God I am healthy, and I can work to earn money to buy food for my family.
NARRATOR: One day he was cutting trees when he felt tired and decided to rest for a while.
WOODCUTTER: I´ll sit on the ground to rest for a few minutes.
NARRATOR: But when he was about to leave his ax on the floor, he stumbled with a rock an the ax fell into the river.
WOODCUTTER: Oh no!. I lost my ax!. The river is so deep that I will not be able to get it!. What am I going to do?. How am I going to support my family?.
NARRATOR: Then he just stared helplessly into the water, when suddenly a beautiful lady emerged from the lake.
WOODCUTTER: Who are you?.
FAIRY: I am the fairy from the lake. I come out of the water when I hear a sad voice. What is wrong?.
WOODCUTTER: I lost my ax. It´s in the water.
FAIRY: I´ll get it for you.
NARRATOR: The fairy went inside the water and came out with a silver ax.
FAIRY: Is this your ax?.
NARRATOR: The woodcutter thought of all the things he could buy for his family if he sold that silver ax. But it didn´t belong to him.
WOODCUTTER: No, mine has a wooden handle.
FAIRY: Let me get it, then.
NARRATOR: The fairy went again inside the water and came out with another ax.
FAIRY: Is this yours?.
WOODCUTTER: No! That ax is made of gold. It´s worth more than mine.
FAIRY: I´ll leave it here, and let me go again inside the water.
NARRATOR: When the fairy came out of the water, she had the woodcutter´s ax.
WOODCUTTER: Ah, that is my ax!. Without any doubt, that is my old ax!.
FAIRY: This is your ax, but you can also have the other two. They are a gift from the river because you have told the truth.
WOODCUTTER: Oh, thank you!.
NARRATOR: And that night the woodcutter went home with his three axes.
WOODCUTTER: I am happy, now my family will have everything they need.
Author: Jean de La Fontaine (July 8, 1621 – April 13, 1695) He was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century.
Adapted by: K I D S I N C O
Moral Value: Honesty
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