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Morals for kids – Aesop’s Fables – The Oak And The Reeds.

It is better to bend than to break.

NARRATOR:

One autumn day, angry storm clouds rumbled overhead threatening the forest and gentle stream with its wild winds.

OAK (Boldly in a loud belligerent voice): I am the king of the forest, tallest and strongest of all the inhabitants. I can stand up against any wild wind this little storm throws at me!

REEDS (Quietly but confidently): We are slim and pliable. We don’t need to fight the wild winds. We can bend and sway!

NARRATOR:

As the storm raged on, the terrible winds became more and more powerful, building to hurricane force!

OAK(Leaning into the wind, shouting over the roar): I’m strong and mighty. I won’t bend!

I can resist the force of these terrible winds! Oak falls to the ground.

NARRATOR:

Suddenly, with an ear-splitting crack, the haughty oak splashed into the stream between the waving reeds.

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REEDS: Oh no, look! The king of the forest has been snapped like a twig! He’s been toppled by the power of those awful winds.

OAK(Weakly from his prone position): You are still standing. Here I lie broken and disgraced.

(Wailing) Why, oh why, should this happen to me?

REED 1: You are too proud, Mister Oak.

REED 2: You fight too much against the mightier winds.

REED 3: Now you lie ruined at our feet.

REED 4: We know that it is not possible to withstand such forces so we sway and bend before the slightest breeze.

REED 1: This way we remain standing.

Moral:

It is better to bend than to break.

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