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International Folk Tales: How the Dragon Came to be

In a small city of China, lived a boy called Chi Yu. He lived with his mother in a tiny house in the village. The house was situated in a beautiful place and was surrounded by lovely green meadows all around, which looked beautiful during the monsoon. The meadow was covered with lovely fresh, green grass.

Every morning Chi Yu would go out in the meadows. After playing in the field for some time, he would cut the green grass and put it in a basket. Every day he would take the basket full of freshly cut green grass to the farmer Hieun Tse, who fed his cows with it. In return, the farmer gave the boy a jar of rice.

Suddenly, there were no rains in the region for two years in a row. All the green grass of the meadow turned brown and dry. Chi Yu looked everywhere in search of some green grass for the farmer’s cow, but not a blade of grass was to be found anywhere.

One day while he was searching for fresh grass, he suddenly noticed a patch of fresh green grass in the field behind the tall hills. He immediately cut the green grass and took it to the farmer. Every day he would

come there and cut the grass and it would grow back the next morning.

A few days had passed like this and then one fine morning, while he was slashing the grass with his sickle, he noticed a small shiny golden bead in the grass. He was fascinated by its beauty and took it home.

Chi Yu hid the golden bead in a rice jar. Next day, he was surprised to see that the jar of rice which was almost empty last night was now filled to the top. Every time Chi Yu emptied the jar, it would fill up again.

Chi Yu understood that the bead was the reason behind this miracle. The young boy was very kind so he shared the rice with the entire village. All the people in the village were happy except for the farmer. His cows were starving without the grass and he wanted the golden bead for himself.

He offered Chi Yu all his money, farm and house in exchange for the bead. However, Chi Yu did not agree to his proposal.

Hieun Tse, then, decided to steal the bead of gold. One night, while Chi Yu was sleeping, the farmer quietly entered his house and was about to steal the jar when Chi Yu woke

up at the sound. Chi Yu rushed to the jar and swallowed the bead immediately.

Chi Yu did not realize that it was an extremely unwise thing to do. The bead started burning inside him and he felt extremely thirsty.

He drank up all the water in the house. He was still burning with heat. So he drank up the water from all the house of the village and then from the pond. He emptied the lakes and also swallowed the entire river.

Chi Yu was still not feeling better; he became hotter and hotter and started breathing fire. Yellow and orange flames came out of his mouth.

Gradually, he changed into a creature that breathed fire.

He could not live in that village anymore and went away forever.

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International Folk Tales: How the Dragon Came to be

International Folk Tales | 3-12 yrs | Reading Pod

In a small city of China, lived a boy called Chi Yu. He lived with his mother in a tiny house in the village. The house was situated in a beautiful place and was surrounded by lovely green meadows all around, which looked beautiful ......

In a small city of China, lived a boy called Chi Yu. He lived with his mother in a tiny house in the village. The house was situated in a beautiful place and was surrounded by lovely green meadows all around, which looked beautiful during the monsoon. The meadow was covered with lovely fresh, green grass.

Every morning Chi Yu would go out in the meadows. After playing in the field for some time, he would cut the green grass and put it in a basket. Every day he would take the basket full of freshly cut green grass to the farmer Hieun Tse, who fed his cows with it. In return, the farmer gave the boy a jar of rice.

Suddenly, there were no rains in the region for two years in a row. All the green grass of the meadow turned brown and dry. Chi Yu looked everywhere in search of some green grass for the farmer’s cow, but not a blade of grass was to be found anywhere.

One day while he was searching for fresh grass, he suddenly noticed a patch of fresh green grass in the field behind the tall hills. He immediately cut the green grass and took it to the farmer. Every day he would come there and cut the grass and it would grow back the next morning.

A few days had passed like this and then one fine morning, while he was slashing the grass with his sickle, he noticed a small shiny golden bead in the grass. He was fascinated by its beauty and took it home.

Chi Yu hid the golden bead in a rice jar. Next day, he was surprised to see that the jar of rice which was almost empty last night was now filled to the top. Every time Chi Yu emptied the jar, it would fill up again.

Chi Yu understood that the bead was the reason behind this miracle. The young boy was very kind so he shared the rice with the entire village. All the people in the village were happy except for the farmer. His cows were starving without the grass and he wanted the golden bead for himself.

He offered Chi Yu all his money, farm and house in exchange for the bead. However, Chi Yu did not agree to his proposal.

Hieun Tse, then, decided to steal the bead of gold. One night, while Chi Yu was sleeping, the farmer quietly entered his house and was about to steal the jar when Chi Yu woke up at the sound. Chi Yu rushed to the jar and swallowed the bead immediately.

Chi Yu did not realize that it was an extremely unwise thing to do. The bead started burning inside him and he felt extremely thirsty.

He drank up all the water in the house. He was still burning with heat. So he drank up the water from all the house of the village and then from the pond. He emptied the lakes and also swallowed the entire river.

Chi Yu was still not feeling better; he became hotter and hotter and started breathing fire. Yellow and orange flames came out of his mouth.

Gradually, he changed into a creature that breathed fire.

He could not live in that village anymore and went away forever.

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