Mrs. Bird and her two little children lived on the peak of an area tree. Every morning she fed them happily. She always did her best to take care of her beloved children. She built a very comfortable nest for them. She was proud of it. After admiring her nest, she looked at Mr. Spider who lived next door. “Hi, Mr. Spider. It’s really nice to see you,” she greeted him. Then she asked, “What are you doing?” I’m finishing my web, replied Mr. Spider. “Your web? Haa, haa, haa, It’s so weak, isn't it? Look at my nest. It’s strong, warm, beautiful and artistic. My children can stay there safely,” Mrs. Bird said proudly.
Having heard Mrs. Bird words, Mr. Spider could not bear his emotion any longer. He replied, “But wasn't your nest blown out off its tree because of strong wind last week? Look, the strong wind could not destroy my web. It’s made of flexible and strong thread. Moreover there’s no need for me to go out to get my meal. Foolish insects trapped in my web will become my meal. You see, I have a wonderful life. So, I’m smarter than you are.”
Both of them were arguing to find out who the smarter was when an ant watched them for a long time. “Stop arguing, friends. Neither of you is smarter. My family and I never argue. We always work together, greet one another, help each other, in short we live peacefully. I think I’m smarter than both of you,” interrupted Miss Ant. Then the three argued about who the smartest was. The three went to a mediator, Mr. Rooster.
On the way they met Mr. Chameleon. “Hi friends, where are you going?” inquired Mr. Chameleon who was on a big shady banyan tree. “We are going to MR. Rooster. We want him to judge who the smartest among us is,” said Miss Ant enthusiastically. “I see. But don’t you know that none of you is the smartest? I’m the smartest because I can adjust my skin to my environment. It changes into green, brown, and other colors depending where I’m. So I’m the smartest aren't I?” asked Mr. Chameleon. Hearing the boasting chameleon, Mr. Spider asked cynically, “Then, Mr. Chameleon. What is your skin’s real color?” Mr. Chameleon could not answer his question. But each of them was still sure that he or she was the smartest.
Mr. Rooster opened the door and interrupted, “Be cool, my comrades. Don’t quarrel. To tell the truth none of you is smartest. It’s me. Listen! Without my presence in this world, you wouldn't be able to get up early in the morning. While all of you are still sleeping soundly, I have got up. With my wonderful crowing, I ask the sun to light up our world.”
The quarrel was becoming even hotter when Mr. Mouse Deer approached them. “Hi, foolish animals. Don’t you know that I’m the smartest of all. I even deceived Mr.
Crocodile and Mr. Tiger successfully when they tried to kill me,” boasted Mr. Mouse Deer. They all got sore throats because of their incessant arguing. They were getting tired and the day grew darker and darker. The night came, slowly stars appeared in the sky. The animals stopped arguing enjoyed the twinkling stars. The stars made the jungle look beautiful. Soon the moon was coming out. “What a beautiful night it is?” asked Mr. Chameleon. None of the animals answered his question. All of the fully admired the beautiful light. They did not quarrel anymore. Because of their great admiration, they came to a conclusion that none of them was the smartest except the One who hung the stars and the moon in the sky.
(sumber: Buku bahasa Inggris Linked to the World)
- How many characters are there in the story? Who are they?
- What is the main idea of the paragraph one?
- What did Miss Ant tell them
- When was the quarrel hotter and hotter?
- What caused them to stop arguing?
- What did they do when the night came?
- What made the night beautiful?
- In your opinion, who is the real smartest?