Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORIES Friends forever

 

A mouse and a frog were friends. Every morning the frog would hop out of his pond and go to visit his friend who lived in a hole in the side of a tree. He would return home at noon.

 The mouse delighted in his friend’s company unaware that the friend was slowly turning into an enemy. The reason? The frog felt slighted because though he visited the mouse everyday, the mouse on his part, had never made an attempt to visit him.

 One day he felt he had been humiliated enough. When it was time for him to take leave of the mouse, he tied one end of a string around his own leg, tied the other end to the mouse’s tail, and hopped away, dragging the hapless mouse behind him.

 The frog dived deep into the pond. The mouse tried to free himself but couldn’t, and soon drowned. His bloated body floated to the top.

A hawk saw the mouse floating on the pond’s surface. He swooped down, and grabbing the mouse in his talons, flew to the branch of a nearby tree. The frog, of course, was hauled out of the water too. He desperately tried to free himself, but couldn’t and the hawk soon put an end to his struggles. 

In Africa they have a saying: ‘Don’t dig too deep a pit for your enemy, you may fall into it yourself’. From http://www.english-for-students.com.

 

The Lion and the Mouse

Once when a lion, the king of the jungle, was asleep, a little mouse began running up and down on him. This soon awakened the lion, who placed his huge paw on the mouse, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.

"Pardon, O King!" cried the little mouse. "Forgive me this time. I shall never repeat it and I shall never forget your kindness. And who knows, I may be able to do you a good turn one of these days!”

The lion was so tickled by the idea of the mouse being able to help him that he lifted his paw and let him go.

Sometime later, a few hunters captured the lion, and tied him to a tree. After that they went in search of a wagon, to take him to the zoo.

Just then the little mouse happened to pass by. On seeing the lion’s plight, he ran up to him and gnawed away the ropes that bound him, the king of the jungle.

"Was I not right?" said the little mouse, very happy to help the lion. MORAL: Small acts of kindness will be rewarded greatly. Fromhttps://www.kidsworldfun.com.


Did you know?

Did you know the tea bag was invented in 1908?

Did you know volleyball was invented in 1895?

Did you know the lie detector was invented in 1921?

Did you know the drinking straw was invented in 1886?

Did you know Scissors were most likely invented ancient Egypt?

Riddle

You can hear me and control me, but never see or touch me. What am I?

Which tire does not move when a car turns right?

What can you give to others and still keep?

What has 13 hearts but no organs?

What goes through towns and hills but never moves?

What does everyone has and can’t lose?

Answers

1.Your voice 2. The spare tyre 3. A promise 4. A deck of cards 5. Roads 6. Shadow

QUIZ

What is the capital of Kwara State?

What make of car is popularly known as "Halla"?

What state is President Muhammadu Buhari from?

Makurdi is to Benue what Gusau is to?

Nigeria’s capital was moved from where to Abuja?

Answers

1.Illorin 2. Honda 3. Ogun 4. Zamfara 5. Lagos

 

 

Kids and Health

Fireworks Safety

Isn't the Fourth of July great? In addition to being a celebration of America's independence as a nation, there's no school, lots of families have barbecues or cookouts, and you can go see a fireworks display at night.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a professional display. Some people light sparklers at home or even set off their own fireworks, but this is dangerous. Some of the people hurt each year aren't the ones setting off the fireworks, but people who are nearby

It's best to stay away from areas where nonprofessionals are setting off fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness, if the eye tissue gets damaged or torn. Other common injuries from fireworks include burns to the hands and face, which can leave scars. Someone could even lose one or more fingers if fireworks go off the wrong way. Fireworks can also start fires, which can hurt even more people.

If you know someone who plans to set off fireworks at home, here are some safety tips to share:

  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Never use fireworks indoors.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire by having a hose or water nearby.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Stay away from a firework that has not gone off and never try to relight it.

Sparklers may seem less dangerous than fireworks, but they get extremely hot — as hot as 1,800°F (982°C). Sparklers can light clothes on fire and can cause kids to get badly burned. That would take the fun out of a great holiday! From https://kidshealth.org.

 

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