THE HERMIT AND THE MOUSE
Written by Preeda Panyachand
Retold by Masako Fuse
Translated into English by Yuko Saito
Deep in a forest,
a hermit sat on a rock under a tree.
"If someone is small and weak," he thought,
"he may have trouble…."
"Help! Help!" screamed a mouse
as he ran from the sharp beak of a crow.
The hermit drove the crow away.
He picked up the trembling mouse
and stroked it gently.
"Don't be afraid," he said.
"You are safe now."
He gave the mouse a little milk
and some rice.
Along came a cat.
The little mouse trembled in fear.
"Abracadabra!" said the hermit,
and the mouse instantly changed into a bigger cat.
The other cat was afraid and ran away.
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