The Talkative Tortoise – English Short Stories for Kids
Once a tortoise was living in a pond. Two Swans used to visit the same pond every day. The tortoise was very talkative. It used to talk to swans for a very long time. Tortoise and Swans become good friends. All of them were happy. Once there was a drought and it lasted for a long time.
As a result, the water in the pond got dry. There was no water for them to drink. The swans decided to move out to some other place. The tortoise asked the swans to take him alone with them. The swans suggested a plan, according to which the tortoise would have to hold a piece of the stick by its mouth and the swans will hold the two ends of that stick.
They told the tortoise not to speak otherwise it would fall and die. The tortoise understood and promised them not to open their mouths during that journey. while crossing a village, many saw the tortoise and were surprised.
They shouted at the tortoise and made fun of him. The tortoise got angry and opened its mouth to speak. But as it opened its mouth, it fell to the ground. The swans were very shocked to see their friend’s end. The tortoise died because of its impatience and foolishness.
Moral Of the Story:
Always listen to friendly advice.
Impatience never commanded success – Edwin H. Chapin
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