61. The Monkey and the Sparrow



There was a sparrow who lived in a nest high up in a tree.
One day, she saw a monkey shivering at the foot of the tree.
"If you are cold," she said, "you should build a house!"
The monkey did not listen to her, but the sparrow kept giving him advice.
"I can tell you how to build a house!" she chirped.
"I have a very nice house!" she chirped more loudly.
"A house will keep you warm!" she kept on chirping.
Finally, the monkey got so angry that he climbed up the tree and destroyed the sparrow's house.

Inspired byThe Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder. It is in Book 4, Story 10.
Notes: Compare the story of the monkey and the firefly.



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