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The Little Child And The Pumpkin Tree

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The Little Child And The Pumpkin Tree

by Sir George Webbe Dasent

Genre: Folktale
Setting: Africa
Format of Original Source: Fable
Recommended Adaptation Length: 15 Minutes

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EXCERPT:

One morning when she got up, she found a little baby before the door, so she took it up and carried it in, and took care of it. Every day she went out, but in the morning she boiled enough pumpkins to serve the children all day. One day when she came back she found the food was all gone, so she scolded her children, and beat them for eating it all up. They told her they had not taken any–that it was the baby–but she would not believe them, and said, ‘How could a little baby get up and help itself’; but the children still persisted it was the baby. So one day when she was going out, she put some pumpkin in a calabash, and set a trap over it.


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