Lantern Tales by Moonlight: Extract from Kekere, an Interesting fairy tale Published by Lantern Books

Kekere

Once upon a time, in a very distant land, there lived a young woman who wanted very much to have a child of her own

One day, as she returned from the marketplace with her weekly shopping, which she carried in a basket, a very thin old beggar who sat by the roadside asked her for some food and water. The young woman, feeling sorry for the thin old beggar, took some food and water from her basket and gave it to him. Then she turned to leave but the beggar pleaded that she should wait. When he was done eating, he smiled broadly, reached into his pocket and pulled out a small glowing seed.

“Take this seed,” he said to the young woman. “It is no ordinary seed. When you get home, plant it in a flowerpot and then you shall have what you long for.”

“What I long for?” she asked, looking at the small glowing seed in her hand. When she raised her head to look at the old man, he had disappeared. The woman was shocked; where had the old man gone? She looked around, but he was nowhere to be seen.

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When she got home, she planted the seed in a flowerpot just like she was told to and while planting it, she started singing the song that she always sang to herself:

The sun is shining

The birds are singing

Oh happy, happy day

A day of fun and play

Come children sing and dance

Come children jump and shout

Oh happy, happy day

A day of fun and play

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A few days later, a small green shoot started growing out of the flowerpot. And within a week a beautiful flower bud appeared.

“What a beautiful flower!” She thought, and then kissed the red and yellow petals. As she kissed them, the flower opened up and in the middle of the blossom sat a pretty little girl.

To be continued next week.

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