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.
By Jean de La Fontaine (July 8, 1621 – April 13, 1695) 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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