Soulé Preguiçoso

Era uma vez um rapaz que se chamava Soulé e vivia com a sua mãe numa aldeia remota. Eram muito pobres e a velha mulher ganhava a vida tecendo, mas Soulé era tão preguiçoso que não fazia nada a não ser brincar o dia todo. Por isso lhe chamavam Soulé Preguiçoso. A mãe não conseguia que ele lhe fizesse nada e, um dia, por fim, disse-lhe que se não começasse a trabalhar para comer, o mandaria embora de casa.

The Six Blind Men and the Elephant.

There were once six blind men who stood by the road-side every day, and begged from the people who passed. They had often heard of elephants, but they had never seen one; since they were blind.

Ali The Crafty Storyteller.

Once upon a time , in the city of Tunis, there was a great king who had no work to do. Every day, and all day long, he sat on soft cushions and listened to stories. And no matter what the story was about, he never grew tired of hearing it, even though it was very long.
"There is only one fault that I find with your story," he often said: "it is too short."
All the story-tellers in the world were invited to his palace; and some of them told tales that were very long indeed. But the king was always sad when a story was ended.

Amadou The Wise Man

At Timbuktu, in Mali, there lived a very wise man whose name was Amadou. Men came from all parts of the land to see him and hear him talk.
But wise as he was, he had some very strange ways. He did not believe that any man ought to have more things than he really needed; and he said that no man needed much. And so he did not live in a house, but only slept on a mat, which he rolled up in the morning and carried about from place to place. He spent his days sitting in the sun, and saying wise things to those who were around him.

The Orphan Boy Who Went To Lagos

There was a little boy called Ejila , whose father and mother died when he was very young. As poor Ejila was not old enough to work, he was very badly off; he got but little for his dinner, and sometimes nothing at all for his breakfast; for the people who lived in the village were very poor indeed, and could not spare him much more than the scraps of their food.

Lazy Soulé

Once upon a time there was a boy whose name was Soulé, and he lived with his mother in a remote village. They were very poor, and the old woman got her living by weaving cloth, but Soulé was so lazy that he would do nothing but play all day. So they called him Lazy Soulé. His mother could not get him to do anything for her, and at last told him, one day, that if he did not begin to work for his food she would send him out and away from their house.

Kwame and the Magic Gifts

A boy named Kwame was once so unhappy at home because his father whipped him too often, and so he made up his mind to run away and seek his fortune in the wide world.

O leopardo e o viajante

O caminho de Ojo, um viajante, levou-o através de uma floresta. Quando chegou perto de uma aldeia, que ficava à beira do caminho, encontrou um leopardo preso numa jaula de aço. A jaula era uma armadilha que tinha sido montada pelos habitantes de uma aldeia vizinha e tinha sido construída de tal jeito que, mal um animal nela entrasse, ficaria impossibilitado de sair, a não ser que fosse aberta pelo lado de fora.

Femi e Simi na Floresta

Era uma vez, há muito, muito tempo, um lenhador muito pobre que vivia com a mulher e os filhos – um menino e uma menina – numa cabana à beira de uma grande floresta. Ele chamava-se Femi e ela Simi, mas, para dizer a verdade, a mulher era sua madastra porque a mãe deles tinha morrido há vários anos. Tinham apenas o mínimo para viver, mas, quando uma grande fome se abateu sobre eles, o lenhador nem pão tinha para alimentar os filhos.

Abubakar and the forty thieves

There once lived in the town of Karanga , two young men, one named Sule and the other Abubakar . Their father divided a small inheritance equally between them. Sule married a very rich wife, and became a wealthy merchant. Abubakar married a woman as poor as himself, and lived by cutting wood, and bringing it upon three donkeys into the town to sell.


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