I had never heard this Korean tale before, so I looked forward to reading it for this week’s post.
It starts with a mention of a great stone statue that stood tall near the river Kingin. Nearby this river, lived a mole and his wife who had a daughter that they loved. A handsome young mole came to ask if he could marry their daughter, but the father told him that his daughter deserved to marry the greatest being in the world. His daughter was sad and asked who the greatest being in the world is. Her father replied that nothing was greater than the sun. The mole asked the sun to marry his daughter, but the sun replied that the Cloud could hide its face, so the Cloud was far greater.
The mole asked the Cloud to marry his daughter, and the Cloud said that Wind had more power. Mole asked Crane to fly him to the mountain peak to speak to the Wind. The Wind said that in fact, the great stone statue had more power because it was unable to be moved. Once again, the mole went to beg for marriage for his daughter. The statue told the mole that there was a creature that burrowed through the ground beneath him and that would knock him over one day. Mole was surprised to come across the young mole beneath the statue and begged him for forgiveness. The handsome mole was happy to marry the daughter, but only if she agreed! She did and they had a wonderful wedding. The wind blew the clouds away from the sun so that it could shine down on the river and create a wonderful day for them!
Aw, so cute!
An extract from A Year Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2016)
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This week’s fairy tale was all about friendship. It centred around Nolbu and Heungbu. They lived together with their families in their father’s house. Nolbu who was the eldest of the two, was selfish and cruel, whilst his brother was the opposite. When their father died, Nolbu threw his younger brother out of the house and kept all of their father’s fortune to himself. Heungbu lived in a hovel and hard to work hard to provide for his family. He did this without moaning.
One Autumn, the harvest was particularly bad. Heungbu went to beg his brother for food, but he was faced with his awful sister-in-law. She refused to give him food and struck him with the rice ladle. He asked her to do it again, so she did. Heungbu scooped up the rice from his cheeks and was able to feed his family.
Heungbu also saved a young swallow that had fallen from its nest. The swallow never forgot the kindness, and in the Spring when it returned it dropped seeds into his hand. Heungbu planted the seeds on his thatched roof. Before long it started to grow. They produced bright flowers and then three plump gourds. The gourds would feed them for weeks. When the three gourds were cut into they contained rice, gold coins and timber and nails to build a house. Heungbu and his family now had food to eat and a place to stay.
Nolbu heard of Heungbu’s fortune and was immediately jealous. He found a swallow’s nest, broke its leg and then bandaged it up again. Once more the swallow dropped seeds in a garden, but this time it was not good fortune… The gourds that grew had wicked goblins inside. they stole his money and tore down his house. Nolbu and his wife begged Heungbu for some help. Heungbu being the wonderful person that he was welcomed them with open arms. They soon learnt kindness from Heungbu!
‘The right of Angela McAllister and Christopher Corr to be identified as the author and illustrator of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 (United Kingdom).‘
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