Written by Godfrey AKON

Short stories The boy who cried wolf

Once upon a time, there lived a shepherd boy who was bored watching his flock of sheep on the hill. To amuse himself, he shouted, “Wolf! Wolf! The sheep are being chased by the wolf!” The villagers came running to help the boy and save the sheep. They found nothing and the boy just laughed looking at their angry faces.

 

 

“Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there’s no wolf boy!” they said angrily and left. The boy just laughed at them.

After a while, he got bored and cried ‘wolf!’ again, fooling the villagers a second time. The angry villagers warned the boy a second time and left. The boy continued watching the flock. After a while, he saw a real wolf and cried loudly, “Wolf! Please help! The wolf is chasing the sheep. Help!”

But this time, no one turned up to help. By evening, when the boy didn’t return home, the villagers wondered what happened to him and went up the hill. The boy sat on the hill weeping. “Why didn’t you come when I called out that there was a wolf?” he asked angrily. “The flock is scattered now”, he said.

An old villager approached him and said, “People won’t believe liars even when they tell the truth. We’ll look for your sheep tomorrow morning. Let’s go home now”.

Moral: Lying breaks trust. Nobody trusts a liar, even when he is telling the truth. From http://www.momjunction.com.

The golden egg

Once upon a time, a farmer had a goose that laid a golden egg every day. The egg provided enough money for the farmer and his wife for their day-to-day needs. The farmer and his wife were happy for a long time. But one day, the farmer got an idea and thought, “Why should I take just one egg a day? Why can’t I take all of them at once and make a lot of money?”

The foolish farmer’s wife also agreed and decided to cut the goose’s stomach for the eggs. As soon as they killed the bird and opened the goose’s stomach, to find nothing but guts and blood. The farmer, realizing his foolish mistake, cries over the lost resource!

Moral: Think before you act. Fromhttp://www.momjunction.com.

Did you know?

Did you know cucumbers are 96% water?

Did you know most of the Vitamin C found in fruits is in the skin?

Did you know an egg’s shell is 12% of its weight?

Did you know in developed countries 27% of food is thrown away?

Did you know an egg contains every vitamin except vitamin C?

 

Riddles

Flat as a leaf, round as a ring, has two eyes, but can't see a thing. What is it?

A horse was tied to a rope 5 meters long and the horse’s food was 15 metres away from the horse. How did the horse reach the food?

What goes up when the rain comes down?

I have a head and a tail but no body. What am I?

What is the only way a leopard can change its spots?

What is dark and always on the run, without the light it will be lost?

What falls but never breaks?

Answers

1.       A button 2. The rope was not tied to anything so the horse could reach its food 3. The umbrella 4. A coin 5. By going from one spot to another 6. Shadows 7. Nightfall

Kids and health

What Types of Germs Are There?

Germs are found all over the world, in all kinds of places. The four major types of germs are: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. They can invade plants, animals, and people, and sometimes they make us sick.

Bacteria (say: BAK-teer-ee-uh) are tiny, one-celled creatures that get nutrients from their environments in order to live. In some cases that environment is a human body. Bacteria can reproduce outside of the body or within the body as they cause infections. Some infections that bacteria can cause include ear infections, sore throats (tonsillitis or strep throat), cavities, and pneumonia (say: new-MO-nyuh).

But not all bacteria are bad. Some bacteria are good for our bodies — they help keep things in balance. Good bacteria live in our intestines and help us use the nutrients in the food we eat and make waste from what's left over. We couldn't make the most of a healthy meal without these important helper germs! Some bacteria are also used by scientists in labs to produce medicines and vaccines (say: VAK-seens).

Viruses (say: VY-rus-iz) need to be inside living cells to grow and reproduce. Most viruses can't survive very long if they're not inside a living thing like a plant, animal, or person. Whatever a virus lives in is called its host. When viruses get inside people's bodies, they can spread and make people sick. Viruses cause chickenpox, measles, flu, and many other diseases. Because some viruses can live for a short time on something like a doorknob or countertop, be sure to wash your hands regularly!

Fungi (say: FUN-guy) are multi-celled (made of many cells), plant-like organisms. Unlike other plants, fungi cannot make their own food from soil, water, and air. Instead, fungi get their nutrition from plants, people, and animals. They love to live in damp, warm places, and many fungi are not dangerous in healthy people. An example of something caused by fungi is athlete's foot, that itchy rash that teens and adults sometimes get between their toes.

Protozoa (say: pro-toh-ZOH-uh) are one-cell organisms that love moisture and often spread diseases through water. Some protozoa cause intestinal infections that lead to diarrhea, nausea, and belly pain. From kidshealth.org/en/kids/germs.html.

Quiz

1.What part of the body produces insulin?

2.What is the capital of Ghana?

3.How many players are there in a football team?

4.Which organ is used to taste food?

5.Where does a dog live?

Answers

1.The pancreas 2. Accra 3. 11 4. The tongue 5. In a kennel  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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