The elephant and the rain. African legend for children
There are legends that convey more than one value. And legends that want to send us an important message. The legend, in short, is a story that contains a teaching, and that passes from generation to generation. In 'The Elephant and the Rain' , not only is it talked about how important water is to l
There are legends that convey more than one value. And legends that want to send us an important message. The legend, in short, is a story that contains a teaching, and that passes from generation to generation.
In 'The Elephant and the Rain', not only is it talked about how important water is to live, but also how important it is to share. Water is a common good, it is not owned by anyone. That's why you have to take care of it and distribute it to everyone.
The elephant and the rain, African legend about the value of water
Legend has it, that a long time ago, but many years ago, an elephant told the rain:
- You must be very happy. Thanks to you, the earth is green and has trees and flowers. But what would happen if I suddenly started to pull all the plants?
The rain was strange, then it got angry. And he warned the elephant that he would stop sending water to Earth if he spoiled all the plants.
But the elephant, besides being curious, was very arrogant, and decided to trample the grass, the flowers and the plants. He tore down the trees and left the land desolate.
The rain then stopped sending water, and land began to dry up.
The elephant began to thirst. I could not find water to drink. The elephant was so thirsty, he talked to the rooster. He asked her to go talk to the rain and ask for water.
The rain was moved when the rooster arrived and sent water. He managed to form a puddle in front of the elephant's house. The elephant then decided that the puddle was only his and he was not going to let any animal drink from it. He left the guardian rooster so nobody would come near.
Many thirsty animals arrived, but the rooster told them that they could not drink, because the pond was of the elephant and did not want to share it. But the lion rebelled and said he would drink in the same way. The rooster, who was afraid of him, turned away. And in view of the lion drinking from the puddle, the other animals decided to do the same.
When the elephant returned, the puddle no longer had almost water. But far from getting angry, and listening to the rooster tell what happened, he realized how thirsty were all the animals and how selfish he had been. I was very sorry.
The rain, which heard him cry, realized that at last the elephant had learned the lesson, and returned to bring water to the earth. Sprouted plants, trees and grass.
Since then all the animals know that they must take care of the plants and that the water is a common and very precious good that they should share.