Welcome to the last Fairy Tale Friday of the year! This week I have a very short tale for you that is from Africa.
It centres around a chief who decided to have a big gathering for his people. He sent a messenger to tell every village his plans to have a splendid feast for everyone. All the chief wanted, was that each man had to bring a gourd of palm wine to add to the pot. Everyone was really excited and dressed in their best clothes.
One woman asked her husband to fill a gourd with palm wine to take with them. He told her that they didn’t have any. She replied that he had to go out and buy some. The man didn’t see why he should go out and spend money when the feast was free. She explained that they had to contribute just like everyone else. The man decided that if everyone was contributing then it wouldn’t be noticed if he filled the gourd with water instead of wine. Despite his wife thinking otherwise, the man filled the gourd with water. He thought he had been very clever.
The Chief welcomed everyone and took the first drink. He was rather solemn as he spoke about the quality of the wine they had brought. He said he realised how much they valued his hospitality. The other guests took a drink and there was nothing but water in each cup!
😦 How ungrateful!
An extract from A Year Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2016)