Monday, 16 November 2009

The Crab and the Crane - Book 1

To begin thinking about sequence I picked just one of the short stories that had caught my eye and made a few small books.

The story itself:
The Crane stands by a pond crying, so the inhabitants ask why he is so upset and not fishing as he usually would. He tells them he has heard some fishermen saying they will come the next morning with a massive net and catch all the fish. This in turn will mean the end of him as his entire food source will be gone. Believing the sobbing Crane the inhabitants agree to let him carry them in his beak to a deeper, safer lake elsewhere in the forest. The Crane carries the fish away over the trees, but instead of heading for a new lake he decends to a big rock where he dashes the poor fish against it and eats them up one by one. He continues doing this happily until the Crab that lives in the lake says 'Please, why have you not taken me yet, I do not want to be left behind?'. The Crane thinks to himself 'Ah, a bit of Crab meat would go down very nicely, why not.' The Crane picked him up and carried him towards the big rock, but as they neared it the Crab saw the bones of all the fish and realised what was going on. Before the Crane had time to throw him against the rock, the Crab reached out with his claw and cut his head clean off. The Crab then carried the head back to the lake as a trophy and told all the fish what had happened and they praised him like a hero.

This first book is from the perspective of the Crab.

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