The Mouse and The Beaver

By Derek Jackson

The Mouse and The Beaver

It was the beginning of summer, and a young mouse and a young beaver had recently left their parents. The mouse had just settled into a recently abandoned cabin that was still in good shape when he heard a loud slapping noise. The mouse looked and saw the beaver, happily slapping away to make his new home, a huge dam. “Could you PLEASE work a little quieter?!” the mouse said. “Why are you BUILDING a house, anyway?!” The beaver replied, “It’s a dam, the most elaborate structure in the forest, and one you can have the pride in making it yourself! It makes it more reliable!” The mouse was amused by his answer. “Why would you BUILD a muddy stick-house, while I have a beautiful house, one just sitting there for me,” he said.


Months later, a vixen roamed into the clearing where the mouse and the beaver lived. She was very hungry. The vixen looked by the dam, but she didn’t notice an animal would be in a soggy pile off sticks. Then she saw the cabin. “Bon apatite, my darling” she said to herself. Then, she ate the mouse.

The moral:

Hard Work gets Rewarded

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