Cinderella

dongeng-cinderella-1Once upon a time lived a young girl named Cinderella. She was kind, smart, and beautiful. She had a happy life when she was very young. Bu tone day, her mother died and her father married a widow who had two daughters. Cinderella stepmother didn’t like her, and neither did her stepsisters. All her stepmother’s kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters. Nothing was too good for them. They had dresses, shoes, delicious food, soft beds, and every home comfort. But, for the poor Cinderella, there was nothing at all. She had no nice dresses, only her stepsisters’ hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No rest and no comfort. Poor Cinderella had to work hard all day. Only when evening came was she allowed to sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders, which is why everybody called her Cinderella.

Cinderella’s father did not know that her stepmother and stepsisters treated her that way. But one day, sadly, her father did too, so poor Cinderella was left in the house with her stepmother and stepsisters. Things became worse after her father died. Her stepmother made her a servant in her own home. She even had to sleep in the corner of the kitchen. But even though her clothes were tattered and her face was always smudged with cinders, Cinderella had a cheerful heart. Her stepsisters teased her all the time. They always said bad things about her appearance.

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The Dogs and the Hides

One day, several hungry dogs saw cowhides steeping in a river close by a tannery. The dogs thought that the cowhides might be eaten. Unfortunately, they were not able to reach the cowhides. The hungry dogs agreed to drink up the river so they could walk to the other side. But before they can drink up the river, they burst themselves.

Pada suatu hari, beberapa ekor anjing yang kelaparan melihat beberapa lembar kulit sapi di seberang sungai, dekat dengan sebuah penyamakan kulit. Anjing-anjing yang lapar tadi berpikir bahwa kulit-kulit sapi tadi bisa mereka makan. Sayangnya, mereka tidak dapat menyeberangi sungai itu. Anjing-anjing tadi memutuskan untuk mencoba meminum sungai tadi hingga kering, sehingga mereka dapat berjalan ke seberang. Tapi, sebelum mereka berhasil meminum sungai tadi hingga kering, perut mereka meletus.

Dongeng Anak karya Aesop.

Moral dari cerita ini : Jangan pernah mencoba untuk melakukan sesuatu yang tidak mungkin, karena itu akan sia-sia.

The Four Oxen and the Lion

A Lion used to wander around a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. He had tried to attack them many times. However, whenever he came near, they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them, he was met by the sharp horns of one of them. One day, the Four Oxen were quarreling among themselves, and each of them went off to the pasture alone. They even went to separate corners of the field because they didn’t want to see each other. The Lion took the chance and attacked them one by one.

Ada seekor Singa yang selalu mengintai di sekitar padang rumput dimana empat ekor lembu makan rumput dan berkeliaran. Dia sudah beberapa kali mencoba untuk menyerang empat ekor lembu tadi, tapi selalu gagal. Setiap kali dia menyerang, lembu-lembu tadi akan membentuk suatu formasi, sehingga dari manapun si Singa menyerang, dia akan berhadapan dengan tanduk mereka yang tajam. Pada suatu hari, lembu-lembu tadi terlibat dalam suatu pertengkaran. Kemudian, tidak seperti biasanya, mereka pergi mencari makan sendiri-sendiri. Si Singa pun dengan mudah menyerang dan memakan mereka satu per satu.

Dongeng Anak ini karya Aesop.

Moral dari cerita ini : Kita akan lebih mudah dikalahkan oleh musuh jika kita tidak bersatu/bekerjasama dengan teman-teman kita.

The Hare and the Hound

A Hound was chasing a Hare. But after a long run, he gave up the chase. A Goatherd, seeing the Hound stop, mocked him, saying: “The Hare is a better runner than you.” The Hound replied; “You do not see the difference between me and that Hare. I was only running for a dinner. But that Hare was running for his life.”

Pada suatu hari, seekor Anjing mengejar seekor kelinci. Tapi, setelah mengejarnya cukup lama, si Anjing menyerah karena dia sudah kelelahan. Seorang pengembala kambing yang melihatnya mengejeknya. Dia berkata “Ternyata Kelinci itu larinya lebih hebat daripada kamu.” Si Anjing pun menjawab “Kamu tidak melihat perbedaan antara aku dan Kelinci itu. Aku tadi hanya berlari untuk mendapatkan makan malam. Sedangkan Kelinci tadi berlari untuk menyelamatkan hidupnya.”

Dongeng Anak karya Aesop.

Moral dari cerita ini : Dua orang yang melakukan hal yang sama akan mendapatkan hasil yang berbeda jika motivasi mereka berbeda. Yang motivasinya kuat akan mendapatkan hasil yang lebih baik.

 

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten when I put forth my full speed,” he said. Then, he challenged any one there to race with him.

The Tortoise answered calmly, “I accept your challenge.”

“That is a good joke,” said the Hare, laughing. “You are very slow. I could dance round you all the way,” he added.

“Keep your boasting till you’ve beaten,” answered the Tortoise calmly. “Shall we race?”

So a course was fixed and they started to race. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once. But then, thinking that he’s going to win the race easily no matter what, he stopped and lay down to have a nap. Meanwhile, the Tortoise plodded on and plodded on. When the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the finish line and could not run up in time to save the race.

 

Seekor kelinci menyombongkan larinya yang sangat cepat, dan menantang hewan-hewan lain untuk balapan dengannya. Seekor kura-kura menerima tantangan kelinci yang sombong itu. Kelinci tertawa, dan berkata bahwa dia akan memenangkan balapan itu dengan sangat mudah.

Jalur balapan mereka pun ditentukan, dan balapan pun segera dimulai. Kelinci berlari dengan sangat cepat, meninggalkan kura-kura yang berjalan dengan sangat lambat. Kelinci berpikir bahwa tidak ada gunanya dia terburu-buru, karena lawannya sangat lambat. Dia pun berhenti dan tidur dulu. Sementara, kura-kura tetap berjalan tanpa henti di jalur balapan mereka.

Ketika kelinci terbangun, dia melihat kura-kura sudah hampir sampai di garis finish. Tapi, sudah terlambat baginya untuk berlari kesana dan menyalipnya. Karena kesombongannya, kelinci kalah dalam balapan itu.

 

Dongeng anak ini karya Aesop.

Moral dari cerita ini: Janganlah sombong dan meremehkan orang lain.

The Lion and the Mouse

One day a lion was awaken from his afternoon nap by a group of mice scurrying around him. Swat! The lion used his huge paw to hit one the mice. The mouse pleaded for mercy from the lion. The lion took compassion upon the tiny mouse and decided to release him. A few days later, somehow the lion became trapped in a hunter’s net. He couldn’t release himself, and his roars made the whole forest tremble. The little mouse whose life was spared approached the lion. Then, he used his sharp little teeth to gnaw the strong ropes until the lion was free.

Pada suatu hari, seekor singa terbangun dari tidurnya karena terganggu oleh segerombolan tikus yang berkeliaran di sekitarnya. Singa tadi kemudian menggunakan cakarnya yang besar untuk memukul salah satu tikus yang menganggunya. Tikus yang terkena pukulan singa tadi ketakutan dan memohon ampun. Karena kasihan, singa tadi mengampuninya. Beberapa hari kemudian, sang singa terjebak oleh perangkap seorang pemburu. Singa tadi mengaum, dan suara aumannya terdengar hingga ke seluruh bagian hutan. Tikus yang diampuninya beberapa hari lalu tiba-tiba muncul, kemudian menggunakan gigi-giginya yang tajam untuk mengerat jaring perangkap dan membebaskan sang singa.

 

Dongeng anak karya Aesop.

Moral dari cerita ini : Jika kita berbuat baik/peduli kepada orang lain, kita akan mendapatkan balasannya.

A Dog and His Reflection

One day, a dog was walking home. He brought his dinner, a large slab of meat in his mouth. On his way home, the dog walked by a river. Looking in the river, he saw another dog, also with a large slab of meat in his mouth. “That meat looks delicious. I want that meat, too,” thought the dog. Then, he snapped at ‘the other dog’ to grab his meat which caused him to drop his dinner in the river.

Pada suatu hari, seekor anjing sedang berjalan pulang. Dia membawa potongan daging yang besar di mulutnya. Saat dalam perjalanan, dia melewati sebuah sungai. Di air, dia melihat seekor anjing lain yang juga membawa potongan daging yang besar di mulutnya. Dia berusaha menerkam anjing tadi untuk merebut dagingnya. Tapi, dia justru tercebur ke dalam sungai dan kehilangan potongan daging besar miliknya.

 

* Dongeng anak ini karya Aesop.

* Moral dari cerita ini: Keserakahan akan merugikan diri kita sendiri.

The Frog and the Ox

One day, a grand and wonderful ox was on his daily stroll. Then, he was noticed by a small haggardly frog. The frog was so impressed with the great ox, impressed to the point of envy.

“Look at this magnificent ox!” he said to all his friends, “He’s such a grand size for an animal, but he’s no greater than I am if I tried.”

Then, the frog started puffing and swelled from his normal size.

“Am I as large as the wonderful ox?” The frog asked his friends.

“No, no, not near as grand as the ox,” his friends replied.

So, the frog puffed himself up more and more, trying to become as big as the ox.

“Now? now?” asked the frog.

“No, no. But please, stop it. Don’t try anymore,” his friends pleaded.

But the frog continued to puff and swell, larger and larger until he finally burst.

 

* Dongeng anak berbahasa Inggris ini karya Aesop.