This is an English short story entitled Monkey and Mr Croc, which has good moral values for your kids.
Once upon a time, there was a big and strong monkey living at the bank of a river which has an island growing seasonal fruits like mangoes. This particular island was at a distance which is in between the island and the river bank. So, this monkey would use a rock as a spring to jump on this island which has the fruit that it can enjoy.
In this river too, lives a crocodile with his wife. One fine day, Mrs Croc told Mr Croc that she would like to have a heart of a monkey for lunch and no other monkey but Mr Croc’s friend- The Monkey. Mrs Croc said that if he really loves her, then he will bring her the heart of the monkey which is his best friend. Hearing this, made Mr Croc really sad. But, he loves his wife a lot; so, he agreed to get the monkey’s heart for Mrs Croc.
That afternoon, monkey was enjoying the mangoes on the island when the monkey detected something looking extraordinary between the rocks in the river, as it was looking larger in size than usual. So, the monkey said to itself, “Perhaps, some naughty and playful crocodile was hiding behind that rock!” To make sure, the monkey questioned the rock, “Dear rock! Why are you so quiet, today? Where are your daily hellos? Mr Croc thought that the rock was indeed a talking rock, so he said, “Hi dear monkey, how are you feeling today?” Now, of course the monkey knows that definitely someone is behind it because there’s no such thing as a talking rock. Monkey then shouted, “Rocks aren’t supposed to be talking; so whoever you are, please show yourself.”
Mr Croc then showed himself and informed Monkey of his desire of eating Monkey’s heart for lunch. Monkey was shocked to hear this and sad too. He couldn’t believe his best friend would do such a thing. So, monkey decided to leave the island, but how? Monkey got an idea and said, ” My dear Mr Croc, since I cannot escape from you now; I would personally like to give you my heart. Can you please open your mouth, so that I can jump into it?” You see, monkey is intelligent and he knew that when he opened his mouth, his eyes would close. He agreed and opened his mouth so wide until his eyes were closed tightly. Now, the wise monkey jumped on Mr Croc’s head and back on the river bank safely. When he opened his eyes, he saw monkey safe on the river bank. He then apologized to the monkey but monkey said that he would not anymore believe him due to his intention to kill his only best friend in order to satisfy his wife’s desire. Sadly, he went back home to his wife, crying on the idea that he has just lost a very dear friend to him.