Imagine it is a hot summer day and you are walking on the road. You are tired and thirsty too. What is the first thing you would look for? A shade to stand under and cool down. It is not just us, but animals too feel weary and thirsty on hot summer afternoons. Even though we have umbrellas to cover our heads or can stand under some shady areas, all animals do not have this privilege, especially those in urban areas. Worry not, they can take shelter under trees and for that, we need to plant more trees. But some intelligent animals like Miss Goat know how to make a shelter to protect themselves from the heat. Do you know about Miss Goat? No? Read through to find out about Miss Goat’s house.
Miss Goat was an intelligent goat who lived in a forest close to a village. On a beautiful sunny morning, she went to the fields for grazing. After some time, she started feeling hot. She looked up at the Sun and it was bright and blazing. She thought, “It is so hot! I need to take shelter from this heat before I collapse.” She walked towards the lake and drank some water from it. Then she had an idea! She bit off a lotus leaf from the lake and held it above her head. “This will act as an umbrella and help me stay cool”, Miss Goat thought.
Miss Goat Biting Off a Lotus Leaf from the Lake
But very soon the lotus leaf withered because of the heat. Miss Goat then saw some banana trees and tore a leaf from one of the trees. She thought, “This is a big leaf and I can take shelter under it.” As the Sun grew stronger and brighter, the banana leaf wilted too.
Miss Goat Under a Banana Leaf
Miss Goat realised that only leaves would not help. She needed to make a house using tree branches and leaves. So she looked around in the forest and gathered some tree branches and leaves. With all her might she got them together and built a small house. But just then a strong hot breeze blew and took all the leaves and branches away! Her house was completely ruined.
Miss Goat Watching Her House Being Blown Away
Miss Goat was heartbroken but she refused to give up. She told herself, “I must look for a better way to build my house to save myself this summer.” As she walked towards the village, she saw a few people building a house. Miss Goat decided to wait and watch how they were building the house. When she thought she had learnt enough, she rushed to the spot where she had built her house previously. She dug holes and planted the tree branches; she gathered a whole lot of banana leaves and tied them together. Then she spread them above the branches and made a roof. She worked very hard to make her shelter. Finally, she sat under it to cool herself from the heat. The hot wind returned and tried to blow her house again but this time, it failed. Miss Goat felt happy about her success. She had finally managed to build a strong house to shelter herself from the summer days ahead.
Miss Goat Happily Sitting Inside Her New House
From this story about a goat’s house, there are a few lessons we can take away. Miss Goat is not only an intelligent goat but also a hardworking one. She is pretty resourceful and does not give up easily. Since she had resolved to make a shelter for herself, she looked for different ways to do so and finally was successful. We too should be like her. Hard work and determination always make a person successful. Did you like the story? Then take a look at all the wonderful bedtime stories we have collected for you on our website.
1. How did Miss Goat try to take shelter from the heat in her first two attempts?
When the heat from the Sun became unbearable for Miss Goat, she went to the lake to drink some water. She bit off a lotus leaf and decided to use it as an umbrella to cover herself from the hot Sun. For the second attempt, she used a banana leaf from the banana trees as a shade. However, the heat was too strong, and both the leaves withered.
2. How did Miss Goat make her house finally? Was she successful?
Miss Goat observed the villagers build a house and learnt the correct method from them. She then returned to the spot where her ruined house lay and started digging holes. Miss Goat planted the tree branches into the hole and tied a bunch of banana leaves together. She then spread the leaves over the branches and built the roof. In this way, Miss Goat made her house.
Yes, Miss Goat was successful because when the hot winds came to blow her house away, they could not. It was a strong house and could withstand the force of the winds.