Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY Foolish Imitation

Long ago, a hawk lived on the top of a hill. At the foot of the hill there was a banyan tree on which a crow used to perch every day. The crow was very foolish. He would imitate everyone. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The hawk atop the hill would fly down every day in search of food. The crow watched the hawk circling in the air for long hours and swooping down when he saw his prey. The hawk gifted with eyes that could see long distances would spot his prey from the hill top and then fly down to pounce upon the prey. 

The crow watched the hawk thinking, “Hunh! If the hawk can do that, I too can. What does he think? One day, I will show the hawk that I can do the same thing." 

A few days later, as the hawk was circling in the air, the crow decided to do the same. Suddenly a baby rabbit came out of the bushes. The hawk saw it and the crow too saw the rabbit. 

Before the crow could move, the hawk swooped down, caught hold of the rabbit in his strong sharp talons and flew away. “Swoosh!" was all the crow heard as the hawk disappeared in the sky with his prey. “Hmmph! That is no great skill," thought the crow, angrily. 

Next moment he spotted a big fat mouse coming out of a hole. Without wasting time, the crow swooped down. Like the hawk he tried to catch the mouse in his claws. 

But the mouse saw the crow and moved away, the crow crashed against the hill. “Eeeaaa!" cried the crow in pain. 

Just then the hawk came flying down. “I hope, now you know it is not easy to hunt and it is not easy to imitate, either," said the hawk and flew away. 

Thereafter, the crow never imitated any one in its life. It lived happily with the god-given abilities. From http://www.english-for-students.com.

KIDS AND HEALTH

Don't Lose Your Cool

Sometimes when you're jealous and frustrated, it's easy to lose your temper. Try to follow these tips to avoid getting into a fight with your brother or sister:

  • Take a deep breath and think a bit. Try to figure out if you are angry with the person or just frustrated with the situation.
  • Remind yourself that you have special talents. Your sister may have won an art contest, but you might be better at basketball, or math, or singing. Eight-year-old Marisa says her brother "always wins running races, but I always get gold stars for good homework grades and that makes me feel better."
  • Try to congratulate your siblings on their achievements and share their happiness. If you do this for them, they'll be more likely to do it for you.

Hopefully, these tips will work. But if the situation gets out of control and you and your brother or sister start fighting a lot, you may need to talk to someone. Mean words can lead to hitting and physical fighting. If this is going on with you and your sibling, talk to a parent or another trusted adult. Fromkidshealth.org.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know honey is the only natural food which never spoils?

Did you know toilets use 35% of indoor water use?

Did you know the first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON?

Did you know the smallest bones in the human body are found in your ear?

Did you know spiders are arachnids and not insects?

RIDDLES

What are the two things you cannot eat for supper?

What is black and white and read all over?

What is the difference between here and there?

What grows when it eats and dies when it drinks?

What can be swallowed but can also swallow you?

If you take off my skin I won’t cry but you will, who am I?

What can pass before the sun without making a shadow?

 

Answers

1.Breakfast and launch 2. A newspaper 3. The letter “T” 4. Fire 5. Water 6. Onion 7. The wind

 QUIZ

What is the capital of Kwara state?

Who is the Senate President of Nigeria?

Who is popularly referred to as Maradona in Nigeria?

Who was the INEC chairman that conducted the 2015 general election?

In which year did Nigeria return to democratic rule?

 

1.Illorin 2. Senator Bukola Saraki 3. General Ibrahim Babangida 4. Prof Atahiru Jega 5. 1999

 

Kid of the week

Name: Damilola Mercy Awoniyi

Age: Five years old

Ambition: she wants to be a lawyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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