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The Honest Woodcutter – Short Story for Kids

Honest Woodcutter Story
The Honest Woodcutter Story

The Honest Woodcutter –  Short Story for Kids

A woodcutter lived in a small village on the riverbank. He used to cut the trees on the river bank every day and sell them in the village. 

Honest Woodcutter Story

One day, while cutting a tree, he dropped his axe in the river. 

The woodcutter immediately searched, but could not see the axe. He sat down on the river bank and started crying. He said, “Dear god I dropped my axe in the water. It was my only source of livelihood. Please help me, God please give me back my axe back.” 

Honest Woodcutter Story

The woodcutter saw the god Mercury rising from the river. He heard the woodcutter’s prayer and went back to the river to find the axe. 

Honest Woodcutter Story
The Honest Woodcutter – Moral Short Story for Kids with Picture

He came back with a gold axe and asked, woodcutter, is this your axe?” the woodcutter refused. 

Honest Woodcutter Story

Mercury went back in and got a silver axe. “Is this your axe?”, the woodcutter refused again.

Honest Woodcutter Story

The third time, Mercury returned with an iron axe. The woodcutter took his axe happily and profusely thanked Mercury.

The Honest Woodcutter – Easy short stories for kids

Mercury was happy with the honesty and gave him all three aces.

Honest Woodcutter Story

The woodcutter went home happily. Soon village heard about his good fortune story. 

Honest Woodcutter Story

One greedy friend of Woodcutter went to the river bank the next day and hid his axe behind the tree near the river bank. As he sat on the river bank crying, god mercury appeared.

Honest Woodcutter Story

Mercury asked him why he was crying. He told Mercury that he had lost his axe. Mercury went back to the river and returned with a gold axe. The man took the axe. Mercury was upset with his dishonesty and took back the gold axe from him and scared him. He ran back to the village without taking his axe.

Honest Woodcutter Story
The Honest Woodcutter – Short Story with Picture

Moral Of the Story:  

  • Be honest. Honesty is always rewarded.

Popular Quote: 

  • Honesty is the best policy – Benjamin Franklin.

  • No legacy is so rich as honesty – William Shakespeare.

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