| Nanabush and the wild roses (a Canadian legend)

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Once upon a time the fields and hills, meadows and prairies were covered with wild roses. Among the roses, the dandelions and berries, the bees and the hummingbirds buzzed from bush to bush, sucking sweet nectar from the flowers. The bees stored it in their honeycombs.

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And oh those honeycombs! The bears and other animals ate heartily, filling their stomachs, growing large and strong. ㄧしWWW.fAIRy-taLE。inFo

Time passed, and the animals grew accustomed to all the gifts the Earth offered them. Some became greedy. ЯWWW.fairY-taLE。info℃Nメēゑ∥

One day a family of rabbits, their stomachs empty, came upon a big patch of rose bushes. They began to nibble the flowers, which tasted so good that they called all their friends to join them in a petal feast. By the end of summer, the rabbits had eaten nearly every rose. タ±βwWW。fAIRY-taLe.iNfO

The bears were beginning to grumble; their honeycombs were not so plentiful as once they had been. フㄝОなゎWWW。faIRY-tale.iNFoㄊョ◎

Now autumn came, followed by winter, and the bears went into their dens to hibernate. "We'll have roses next spring," they said. Surely by springtime the hills would be bursting with clover and dandelions, berries and wild roses. And so the animals dreamed through that winter. ǎキゑПWww.fAirY-tALe。Infoふス≠ハТ

But springtime came, and though new roses bloomed, the rabbits were hungry again. They set out in search of every patch of wild roses they could find, and whenever they found them, they ate and ate, and grew fatter and fatter.

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"What is happening?" the bears grumbled, and that spring they called a meeting of all the wild creatures.

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"We want to know where all of our honey has gone!" one bear said.

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"Bbbbbbuttttt we don't know," the bees buzzed. Bを~WwW。Fairy-tAlE。InFo^∨Пκ

"Nor do we," hummed the hummingbirds. The deer and the raccoons shook their heads.

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Then suddenly the bears looked at the rabbits and saw how fat their bellies looked. "It's you, isn't it? You're eating all our rose bushes!" МフつWWW.FAirY-tALE.iNfoたヱòㄤωㄐ

When the others heard this, they fell upon the rabbits and began to cuff them and pull at their ears. "Stop, wait!" the rabbits cried. НWWW.fAIRY-TALE.iNfoㄉУηゥη

Now everyone knows about Nanabush一the trickster god of many names, son of a mortal woman and the west wind. And everyone knows the great creator, Gitchi Manitou, sent Nanabush to watch over the creatures of the Earth. Sometimes, of course, Nanabush liked to play tricks, that is true, but always he did this in the spirit of love. ˊ5zwWW.FaIrY-TaLe。INfoネē

But the animals had not expected to hear the voice of Nanabush call out to them. "Stop," he thundered. "Stop hurting the rabbits and listen!"

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The rabbits were relieved to be free. "Nanabush, we've lost our roses. The rabbits have eaten every one." ゅ∧ほㄦwww.FAiry-tale.iNfOキ∫úㄔجمα

"Not every one," Nanabush said. He led the animals to his garden, a secret and beautiful spot where every sort of flower, plant and tree bloomed. There in the center grew wild roses.

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"Go ahead, rabbits, eat the blossoms," Nanabush said.

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"Don't let them do that!" the bears moaned, but Nanabush only smiled. ョm‖wWw.faIRy-tale.iNfO※ッˊ

"Roses, delicious roses," the rabbits exulted as they ran, and then they reached the first rose bush and settled down to eat. But suddenly they let out a scream.

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"What's this?" the rabbits cried, touching their noses where little drops of blood had suddenly appeared.

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"Thorns!" Nanabush said, laughing. "I have given the roses thorns to protect them from your greed. And now, the roses will bloom in peace." kぇwwW.faIrY-tAle.INFo

Ever since that day, wild roses have been covered with sharp, protective thorns, and rabbits' ears have grown long from being stretched. And everyone remembers Nanabush, the playful god, transformer and trickster, protector of everyone and everything on Earth. ˋП~KTwWW.FAIRY-TALE.INfoョψㄍ

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