Long ago, in the time before there was a country called Mexico, the people who lived in that land were called the Maya. They lived high in the mountains and deep in the rainforest that spread across the land, we now call Mexico. And, in the edge of the rainforest, there was a village, and in that village, there was a house, And in that house, there lived a family.
Long ago, when the world began, according to Caribbean legend, the very first people did not live on the planet Earth – No, no, no, no! No, no, no, no! No, no, no, no! They lived far away on the Moon- Yes, yes, yes, yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes! And they kept the Moon sparkling, shining, shimmering, silvery clean!
Long ago, when the world began. The world was perfect. It was blue and green and perfect. There was enough food, there was enough water, it was perfect. All the animals and humans lived happily together, side by side. Everything was perfect, perfect, perfect. Except … For one problem!
Long ago, when the world began. The stars shone in the sky so brightly,
they seemed to shimmer and sparkle. It looked as if they were dancing through the sky. Coyote, the wild dog of America, he used to go out into long, long grass of the prairie and gaze up at the stars at night. He would look up at the stars and wish and wish and wish that he could join them and dance across the sky.
Long ago, when the world began, there was no Day and there was no Night, because, the Sun and the Moon had not yet been created. There was no light and there was no dark, everything was grey! Grey, grey, grey, grey, grey! And it was very difficult to see anything at all!
Long ago in Vietnam, at the edge of the rainforest, there was a house.
And in that house lived a young man. He had very few possessions, a knife, a cooking pot and a dog, that he had found lost as a puppy wandering alone through the forest and limping from a damaged leg. The young man and his dog were inseparable. They went everywhere and did everything together. Every day, they would walk into the forest, looking for scraps of wood. The man would gather the pieces of wood into a bundle and then they would take them to market to sell to the traders who worked there. And with the money they made from the wood, they bought food for their supper to eat.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, are the islands that we now call the Islands of Polynesia…
Long ago, on one of those islands there lived a King.
And he had one child, a daughter, whom he loved more than anything.
Long ago, in the country that is now called Israel,
There was a King, no ordinary King but an extraordinary King. King Solomon!
It was said, that he was the wealthiest of all the Kings.
It was said, that he was the wisest of all the Kings.
It was said ,that he was so clever, that he knew all the languages of all the animals in his Kingdom.
Long ago in the rainforests of Vietnam …
The proudest animal of all – was NOT the Lion!
The most beautiful animal of all – was NOT the Peacock!
The strongest animal of all – was NOT the Elephant!
The most beautiful, the most proudest, the most strongest was … Tiger!
Have YOU ever wondered why – the Moon sometimes look red in the Sky? Maybe you have never seen it, maybe you have never thought to look? But sometimes, when there is what we call a lunar eclipse, the Moon looks red in the sky. Because, when the Moon moves into the earth’s shadow, the Sun’s rays are blocked from reaching the Moon. Only some of the Sun’s light, which can sneak around the sides of the Earth, can reach the Moon. And these rays of light are red, which makes the Moon turn bright red – as if it were covered in blood. At least, that is what the scientists say …