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Microfiction: The Chicken, Cow, and Spider

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Hint Fiction of The Chicken, Cow, and Spider
"Hey Cow, you're in danger," said Spider.
"Hey Chicken, you're in danger," said Cow.
"Hey Spider, you're in danger," said Cow.
"Let's leave," said all.

Two Sentence Story of The Chicken, Cow, and Spider
"Since we're all about to get killed, do you think we should leave the farm?" asked Cow and Chicken.
"Yes," said Spider, as he got his things and headed out.

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These two microfictions come from one of my stories that I recently rewrote, based on The Woodpecker, Turtle, and Deer by Ellen C. Babbitt. My story, called, The Chicken, Cow, and Spider, takes a lot of elements from the plot of the first one and extends it. In the original story, each animal is trying to help the other animal escape danger. In these microfictions, I retold that story using quick sentences to describe each animal's feelings. In doing so, it helps add a comedic effect due to th…

Reading Notes: Jataka Tales

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The Foolish, Timid Rabbitby Ellen C. Babbitt

rabbit sitting under palm tree, sleepingwakes up and wonders what would happen if earth suddenly broke apartsuddenly, a coconut falls from the tree, and timid rabbit thinks the earth is breaking all uphe runs and yells, attracting the attention of another rabbitthe other rabbit asks him why he's running, and he tells him the earth is breaking all up and needs to run, too!second rabbit runs, and tells another rabbit, who tells another rabbit, until there's a lot of rabbits runningthey tell deer, who tells fox, who tells elephant, and suddenly there's a big heard of animals running and panicking because they think the earth is breaking all upLion, King of the Beasts, roars three times and tells the herd to stop. He asks them why they're running and scaredthey tell him the earth is breaking all upLion asks who saw itElephant says Fox told him, and Fox says Deer told him, and Deer says a rabbit told him, and they finally narrow i…

Reading Notes: Jataka Tales

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The Empty Lake by Noon Inayatlake covered with waterlilies lived fish, one of them told them all a story:once a great golden king fish of theirs that they admired and followedqueen rain forgot to send showers to earth before the time of heatMother Earth and thirsty sun rays drank the water of their lake and king wind destroyed all the water with his firesqueen rain heard them calling and got the cloud fairies who make the water and thunder kingthunder king made his army to fire, which made thunder, and lightning and waterrain fell it was soft and sweetKing feared the water would be taken awayKing fish spoke again and said King of Thunder and Queen of Rain please let it rainsky fell like a mountain of watersunrays covered and crows chased awayKing thunder and queen rain came down from skythey tell them they love him and just call when he needs water

Week 11 Story: The Chicken, Cow, and Spider

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Once there was a farm that had lots of animals. On this farm lived a chicken, cow and spider. They were all great friends and looked out for one another. Cow lived in a field, next to the chicken coop, where Chicken lived, and in the corner of that coop lived Spider, in his finely spun web. They loved it on the farm, until one day, Spider overheard the farmer talking about getting ready to slaughter Cow so he could sell beef to the market. Immediately, Spider told Chicken, who told Cow. They had to come up with a plan soon. The night before the farmer planned on butchering Cow, Spider came up with a plan to help his friend. He ventured out to the field where Cow lived, and told Cow to lay down and pretend to be dead. Then, he spun a web all around Cow, so that it looked like Cow had been dead for quite some time. When the farmer came out the next morning, he saw Cow, and said, “Oh no, Cow has died! I can’t butcher him now, his meat has spoiled and will no longer be good to eat. I’ll ha…

Reading Notes: More Jataka Tales

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The Woodpecker, Turtle, and Deerby Ellen C. Babbitt

deer lived in the forest, turtle lived in lake, woodpecker lived in treetops, all friendshunter comes and sees deer tracks, he sets traps near the lakedeer springs the traps and calls out for help, turtle and woodpecker come to his aideturtle begins chewing off the leather straps on the trap, while woodpecker goes to the hunter's househunter wakes up and starts to come outside with his knife, but woodpecker flies at his face, and he goes back inside to rest longerhunter wakes up and tries again, but woodpecker does it again. Lastly, hunter comes out and woodpecker flies back to his friends, yellingturtle has bloody mouth from chewing so much and deer breaks the last strapdeer and woodpecker get away, but turtle is captured and put in a bag on a tree by the hunterdeer comes back to save turtle. He leads the hunter far into the forest, and then runs back to free turtledeer lifts the bag from the tree and turtle escapes. Turtle, Deer…

Reading Notes: More Jataka Tales

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The Girl Monkey and the String of Pearls by Ellen C. Babbitt

king and his family go to the lake for a swim, queen gives her pearls to her servant who watches over them in a box within the gardengarden has lots of monkeys Girl Monkey sees the pearls and wants them. She waits for the servant to fall asleep, and then she swoops down, grabs them, and runs back up her tree.servant wakes up and sees the pearls gone, the king orders the guards to find the person responsible chief guard discovers no one could hav taken the pearls, so it must be a monkeyhe comes up with a plan to trick the Girl Monkeyguards set out strings of beads, then the monkeys all come down and grab them, except girl monkey because she already has a string of pearls hiddenall the monkeys gloat about their beads to Girl Monkey, who finally pulls hers out to show them off, revealing herself to the chief guardthey catch her and send her to the king, who thanks the chief guard for being so wise

Microfiction: Some Merchants

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Wise Merchant vs. The Fool
You're a fool, you will die.

Being First Means You're Last
"I'm going to travel the countryside first and sell my goods to all the people, so I can reap all the benefits and become rich," said the merchant who is later eaten by a demon. "Knock yourself out," said the wise merchant.

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These two microfictions are based on one of the Jataka tales, called The Wise and The Foolish Merchant by Ellen C. Babbitt. Basically, two merchants are buying goods in a city with plans to travel across a desert and sell those goods to others that they pass by. They want to make a profit from doing this. The foolish merchant says he wants to go first, so he can sell all of his goods first, set his own prices, have fresh grass for his oxen, and drink from clean water. The wise merchant allows him to do so, because the wise merchant knows that his oxen will eat the fresh grown grass, prevent himself from digging wells, and be able to set h…