children were bullying the turtle, but the
young man made them stop.
Mami Takenaka from Japan
this folktale, a good person receives a reward for
his kindness, but then decides he wants more and
has to face the consequences.
long ago, some children were playing at a seaside
when they found a turtle. They began to bully the
turtle. After a while, a young man came and said to
them, "Stop it!" The children went away then.
really appreciate your kindness. I really would
like to invite you to a wonderful palace now," the
turtle said. As soon as the young man got on the
back of the turtle, he was taken to a secret palace
in the sea. When he arrived at the palace, he was
very surprised and said to the turtle, "What a nice
palace was very beautiful, and the king of the
turtles gave a feast for him and he met many
people. He had never seen such a good feast. He
received a warm welcome there, and he was very
satisfied with everything. He thought there was no
other place nicer than that one. He said to the
turtle, "Thank you, I am glad to have met you."
he left, the turtle said, "I am going to give you
two boxes, but you can only open one of the boxes.
You must not open both. Don't forget!"
right. I will open only one." he promised. A large
crowd of people said goodbye to him, and he went
back to his land. After he got home, he opened the
bigger of the two boxes. To his amazement, there
was a great deal of gold in the box.
he said loudly. He was rich now. He thought, "The
other one must also be full of money." He could not
stand not opening the box, so he broke his promise
and opened it.
soon as he opened the box, he became an old man.
His hair turned white and his face was full of
wrinkles. His looked like an old man over eighty
years old. It all happened in a moment. After that
he regretted what he did. "Just because I broke the
promise..." he said, but it was too
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