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Maguru Gives Out Legs
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Maguru Gives Out Legs
Writer: Mutugi Kamundi
Illustration: Wiehan de Jager
Audio: Hyeon Shaw
VT Software: AJR, NJA, TLG
© African Storybook Initiative, 2015
Maguru Gives Out Legs
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Long time ago,| no animal had legs.
They all used to crawl on the ground.
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Only human beings had legs because Maguru had given legs to humans.
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One day,| Maguru decided to give legs to every animal.
He walked round the village announcing from a loudspeaker.
He wanted each animal to walk like a human being.
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The animals were happy when they heard that they would be given legs.
Each animal wanted to have legs so that it could walk and run.
They sang,| wagged their tails and flapped their wings.
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Animals gathered and discussed how difficult it was to crawl.
The ground scratched their bellies.
Legs would also help them to stand and see far,| like human beings did.
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When the day came,| many animals crawled to Maguru’s house to get their legs.
Giraffes,| lions,| elephants,| rabbits,| crocodiles,|| and birds queued and waited to be given legs.
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Each animal was given four legs.
Birds were given two legs each.
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Animals looked different on legs.
Some danced in joy.||| Others had difficulty walking and fell down.
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They walked round the village showing off to human beings.
All the animals said,| “We will never crawl again.”
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The last animal in the queue was millipede.
Maguru asked,|| “Is there anyone else after you?”
“No,| I am the last one,||” Millipede answered.
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Maguru thought,|| “If there is no one else,|| what will I do with the rest of the legs?”
Maguru gave all the remaining legs to Millipede.
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Millipede went away very happy,|| because he had many legs.
“I will move faster than any of them,|” he thought.
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As soon as Millipede had left,|| the snake came to Maguru’s house.
“Maguru,| please give me some legs,|” Snake begged.
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“I have given out all the legs.| Where were you?|” Maguru asked.
“I over-slept,|” Snake replied.
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Maguru checked in his house to see whether there was any legs remaining.
But he did not find any.
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Maguru came out and said,| “Sorry Snake,| there are no legs remaining.”
Snake had to crawl back home without legs.
Since that day Snake does not sleep much.| He is always waiting for the next chance to get legs.
Maguru Gives Out Legs
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Maguru Gives Out Legs
Writer: Mutugi Kamundi
Illustration: Wiehan de Jager
Audio: Hyeon Shaw
VT Software: AJR, NJA, TLG
© African Storybook Initiative, 2015
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