The Golden Goose story for kids

Once upon a time there was a man who had three children. The youngest of the three was called Clumsy, and he was scorned, mocked, and neglected each time.

One day, the eldest son wanted to go to the forest to cut firewood, his mother gave him a delicious egg cake and a bottle of milk so that he would not go hungry or thirsty. When he reached the forest he met a very old gray-haired man who greeted him politely and said:

Please give me a piece of cake and a sip of your milk, because I am hungry and thirsty.

“If I give you cake and milk, I’ll run out of food,” the eldest son replied. And he left the little man to go on his way. But when he started felling a tree, he struck the wrong blow and hurt his arm with the ax, so he had to return home. With that blow, he paid for his behavior with the little man.

Then the second son went into the forest and, like the eldest, his mother gave him a delicious cake and a bottle of milk. The little gray man also met her and asked for a piece of cake and a sip of milk. The second son replied with contempt:

“If I give you, I’ll run out of what to eat.” Without further ado, he left the little man and continued on his way to the thickest tree. The punishment was immediate; he had only hit a few ax blows when he struck his leg and had to return home.

At that moment Clumsy said, “Father, let me go chop wood.”

The father replied, “Your brothers have hurt each other, so stop it now.” You don’t understand any of this.

But Clumsy insisted so much that finally the father said: “Come on, go; you will learn by force of blows.

The mother gave him a cake that she had made with water and flour and a bottle of sour milk. When he reached the forest, he bumped into the old gray man who greeted him and said:

Please give me a piece of cake and a drink from your bottle, because I’m very hungry and thirsty.

Clumsy replied: “I only have a cake made of flour and sour milk, but if you feel like it, let’s sit down and eat.”

The two men ate and drank and then the little man said:

“Since you have a good heart and you like to share, I am going to give you a gift.” There is an old tree there, cut it down and you will find something at the root. With that said, the little man said goodbye.

Clumsy went to the tree, he cut it down and when it fell, he found at the root a great goose that had the feathers of pure gold. He took it out of there, taking it with him, and went to an inn for the night.

The innkeeper had three daughters who, seeing the goose, were curious to know what kind of wonderful bird it was.

The older one thought, I’ll have a chance to pluck a pen from him. As soon as Clumsy was out, he grabbed the goose by one wing, but his finger and hand stuck there.

Shortly after came the second, who had no other thought than to pluck out a golden pen; but as soon as she touched her sister, she stayed close to her. Finally the third arrived with the same intentions. Then the two sisters shouted:

“Stay away, for your sake, stay away!”

But she didn’t understand why she didn’t have to come closer and she thought, “If they’re there, I can be there too,” and she jumped closer; but as soon as she had touched her sister, she stuck to her. So they had to spend the night glued to the goose.

The next morning Clumsy took the goose in his arms without worrying about the three girls who were stuck together. They had to run after him, to the right or to the left, as it occurred to him to go.

In the middle of the field they met the priest and, when he saw the procession, he said:

“But are you girls ashamed of following a young man in the countryside like this?” Do you think that’s okay?

With these words, he took the youngest by the hand in order to separate her, but he was still stuck and had to run behind as well. Shortly after, the sacristan arrived and saw the priest follow the young women. He was amazed and shouted:

“Oh, priest!” Where are you going in such a hurry? Don’t forget that we still have a christening today.

He went towards him and took him by the coat, also remaining stuck there. The five of them were running one after another, when two peasants approached with their hoes.

The priest called them and asked them to release him and the sacristan. But as soon as they had touched the sacristan, they stuck there and thus there were already seven running after Clumsy and the goose.

They soon came to a city, where the ruling king had a daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh.

By then he had signed a law saying that the man who was able to make her laugh could marry her. When Clumsy heard this, he went with his goose and all his train of followers to the king’s daughter.

As soon as she saw the seven people running endlessly, one after the other, from here to there, she began to laugh out loud.

Clumsy won the princess’s heart by returning her laugh. The two got
married and were happily ever after.

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