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The Monkey and The Crocodile

The Panchatantra stories, woven with moral lessons, are timeless treasures offering wisdom through captivating animal characters. Through five interconnected volumes, these fables impart universal virtues, teaching children and adults the importance of kindness, honesty, and the consequences of one's actions. The enduring appeal of the Panchatantra lies in its ability to entertain and inspire reflection, serving as a moral compass for generations.

Once upon a time, a monkey built a cozy home in a fruit-laden tree on the riverbank, contently enjoying the fruits of his choice. Despite his happiness, he felt lonely and yearned for a companion. His wish was granted when a crocodile appeared one day by the riverside.

"Hello there," greeted the monkey, offering the crocodile some fruit. The polite crocodile explained that he had come in search of food for himself and his wife, expressing gratitude for the monkey's generosity.

The monkey and the crocodile developed a close friendship, with the monkey regularly providing delicious fruits for both the crocodile and his wife. They spent their time talking about various topics, sharing stories about birds, animals, nearby villages, and the challenges faced by villagers in farming due to insufficient rain.

As their friendship deepened, the crocodile's wife grew increasingly impatient with her husband's prolonged visits. Curiosity turned into annoyance, and she expressed a desire to meet the monkey, not out of friendship but with the intention of eating his heart.

When the crocodile hesitated, torn between his friend and his wife, she became furious and submerged herself at the bottom of the river, leaving the crocodile to deal with their little ones.

Caught in a dilemma, the crocodile decided to side with his wife. Despite knowing the betrayal was a sin, he chose to invite the monkey to his home, hoping for the best.

During their journey to the crocodile's home, the crocodile revealed his true intention in the middle of the river, confessing that he had brought the monkey to fulfill his wife's desire. Distressed but clever, the monkey calmly suggested going back to retrieve his heart, claiming he had left it on the tree.

The crocodile, realizing his mistake, laughed along with the monkey as they returned to the tree. Thunderstruck, the monkey understood the danger he had narrowly escaped and decided to discontinue his friendship with the crocodile.

Moral of The Story

The moral of the story for kids is to be cautious about whom they trust and to use their cleverness in challenging situations. It teaches them the importance of being aware of others' intentions and thinking critically before making decisions. Additionally, the story encourages kids to remain calm and clever, even in difficult circumstances, and to prioritize their safety and well-being.

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