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"MONKEYS ON A TRIP"
Gianni Rodari's fable

One day the zoo monkeys decided to make an educational trip. they walked and walked, then they stopped and one asked:
- What do you see?
- The lion's cage, the seals' pool and the giraffe's house.
- What a big world, and how instructive is travelling.
They started again their journey and stopped only at midday.
- What can you see now?
- The giraffe's house, the seals' pool and the lion's cage.
- What a strange world and how instructive is travelling.
They started travelling again and stopped at the sunset.
- What is to be seen?
- The lion's cage, the giraffe's house and the seals' pool.
- What a boring world: you always see the same things. And travelling is no use at all.
Of course!: they travelled and travelled, but they had not got out of their cage and did nothing but going round and round as the horses in a merry-go-round.

(Gianni Rodari)

THINK IT OVER: Gianni Rodari's fable "Monkeys on a trip"

  1. -Explain the moral of Jean de La Fontaine's fables you have read so far.
  2. What is the teaching of Rodari's fable? Why do the monkey think that the world is boring and travelling is no use at all?
   
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