Telling a Story- The Nightingale I

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  • The Emperor's gardens are so beautiful, but why does he allow such a plain bird to live in our forests?
  • In the Emperor of China's vast forests, there lived a nightingale.
  • Oh my... the nightingale's voice is so lovely. It is a shame he does not look as beautiful as he sounds.
  • But when the bird opened its mouth, the most lovely song flowed out.
  • Meanwhile in Japan... the Japanese emperor had heard of the nightingale's beautiful voice in China. He longed to hear it for himself.
  • To the emperor of China- I long to hear your marvellous nightingale sing. I will arrive in two days time to it for myself. -The emperor of Japan
  • When the Japanese emperor arrived and heard the nightingale's beautiful song, he was overcome with joy.
  • I must find a way to repay you for letting me hear this song. If the nightingale only looked as beautiful as he sounded.
  • The Japanese emperor's slight on the bird's appearance angered the Chinese emperor. He loved the bird's voice, and did not care about how beautiful the bird was.
  • I love you just the way you are, nightingale.
  • A few days later, a package with a note arrived at the palace from the Japanese emperor. It was a mechanical nightingale, with a recording of the nightingale's sweet song. The fake nightingale was encrusted with jewels.
  • I hope you enjoy this gift. It is a small token compared to the great joy you gave me when you let me hear the nightingale.
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