Trickster Tale

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Trickster Tale: ‘The Parrot and the Crocodile’ A long time ago a parrot lived in a fig tree on the riverbank. Life was good for him. He grew big and strong eating the tree’s fruit. A lot of crocodiles lived in the river, along with the parrots, and one of them watched the parrot for a long time as he ate and slept in the tree. “That parrot’s heart must taste so sweet from all the fruit he eats,” the crocodile thought to herself. “I want to eat it” She turned to her husband and said, “See the parrot up there in that tree? Bring me his heart, I want to eat it.” Her husband looked up at the parrot in the tree and then looked at his wife. “But the parrot lives high in the tree and I’m here in the river. How can I catch him?” The crocodile, wanting to keep his wife happy, thought and thought and finally came up with a plan. “I know what I’ll do,” he said to himself. “I’ll trick the parrot into riding on my back” The crocodile swam closer to the tree to begin his trap. “Hello Mr. Parrot. How are you today?” he called out, smiling and trying to sound friendly. When he smiled he showed all his big, nasty teeth. “I’m fine, thank you,” said the parrot, trying not to look scared as he stared down from the tree at the open mouth with all those big sharp teeth. “Mr. Parrot, why do you only eat the fruit from that fig tree when there are so many juicy mangoes on trees on the island in the middle of the river?” asked the crocodile. “Because I can’t get across the river; I can’t fly that far,” answered the parrot. “No problem, you can ride on my back and I’ll take you over there,” said the crocodile as politely as possible. The parrot didn’t trust the crocodile completely, but he was greedy and he wanted to taste all those juicy mangoes on the island. So he jumped down onto the crocodile’s back. “Hold on tight and off we go!” yelled the crocodile.

The crocodile had only swum a short distance when he dived under the water. “Why did you do...
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