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Easy Bread (Belarus folk tale)


Tale typology
Intercultural traditions

Age Suitability
6-7 years old

Tale summary
The main idea of the fairy tale - there is nothing that you can achieve easily.
Most important to put a lot of effort and work. Quick and easy way - possible, but in such way the result will be achieved not in fair way or it will not give any joy. But when honestly you put your effort and strength due to achieve your goal, the result will give very positive emotions.
Educational potential / Learning Outcomes
The dairy tale helps to understand and recognize emotions of their selves, remember good advice for life, disclose values and characteristics that are important. Diligence, patience, persistence, honesty for yourself and others help in life. Laziness, foolishness and overvaluation of yourself - not helping to become a good person.
The fairy tale gave opportunity to get familiar with the country (Belarus) and language, which is neighbor of Lithuania.The fairy tale was told by one of children's mother, who's roots are from there. The fairy tale teller (mother) also spoke how important to save your language, habits, culture.
Full Plot
The farmer cut the rye field. Got tired and sat down under the bush to rest. Took out the bag, open it and took the little piece of bread. Chewing.
From the woods came hungry wolf. He sees - under the bush sits farmer and chewing something.
The wolf come to him and asks: "What are you eating, man?"
- The bread, - replies farmer.
- Is it tasty?
- Very tasty.
- Can you give to try?
- Well, ok, taste it, wolf.
The man broke the piece and gave to wolf. Oh, how he liked the bread.
- I would like to eat bread every day, but where do I get it? Tell me, man.
- Well,- says farmer, - I will teach you where and how to get bread.
And the farmer started teach the wolf.
- Firstly, you need to plow the land...
- Then will there be bread?
- No, you need to be patient. Then it is needed to harrow the land.
- And then we will be able to eat bread? - the tale of wold even shook because of his impatience.
- Keep patience. Before that it is needed to seed rye... put the bags in the wagon.
- Then will be there bread? - licked his lips the wolf.
- Not yet. You should wait when the rye will grow, stay through the winter, get green during the spring, get mature during the summer.
- Och, - gasped the wolf. - That is long to wait. But at least I will eat bread as much as possible.
- It is early to say about that, - said farmer - Firstly, it is needed to cut the rye, to put into cradles, to leave in the fields. The wind will dry them, the sun will warm them, then you will need to bring to barn.
- Then I will eat bread?
- Och! You are so impatient. Firstly you need to flail the rye, to put them in bags, bring to the wind-mill and grind it...
- That is it?
- No, not everything. Than you need to knead the dough, wait when it will raise and put it in the hot oven.
- And the bread will be baked?
- Yes, there will be baked bread. And then you will eat it. - finished the lesson farmer.
The wolf thought a minute, scratched his head and says:
- No! That is too long and too hard work. Better you tell me how easier for me to get food.
The farmer says:
- Well, if you do not want to work so hard for eating such bread, eat easier bread. Go to the fields, you will find the horse.
The wolf went there and saw the horse.
- Horse, I will eat you.
- Then, eat me. But before take out horseshoes from my hoofs, that your tooth wont broke.
- That is true. - agreed the wolf.
The wolf bent over to take out the horseshoes, but the horse strongly slugged the wolf that he rolled and ran to the woods.
The wolf came to the river. He sees geese on the shore.
"I can eat them" - thought the wolf and says:
- Geese, I will eat you.
- Eat, - answered geese, - But before make our dream come true.
- What?
- Sing for us, we will listen.
The wolf sat on the shore of river, raised the head and started to sing. The geese just "plast, plast" - raised and flew away.
The wolf stood up, looked at those flying geese and went way.
He was going and he was angry on himself: "How stupid I was. Why I agreed to sing? Well, now what I will meet it will eat."
The wolf just thought about that and saw the old man on the path.
He was sneezing, snorting his nose. The wolf went to him:
- Oh old man I will eat you!
  - And why so hurry? - says old man. - Better get some tobacco first. I have one here for my runny nose and good for my health.
  - And it smells delicious?
  - Try it - you will find out.
  - Well OK.
Old man pulled the snuff bag for a runny nose out of his pocket, he sniffed by himself and gave it to the wolf. When the gray wolf inhaled from all his lunges, he sniffed all the tobacco.
And then he began to sneeze, even the whole forest echoed. He saw nothing through his tears, sneezing and sneezing. He sneezed for an hour when all the tobacco run away. When finished, the wolf looked around but old man was vanished long ago.
The wolf kept going. He saw sheep graze in the meadow and the shepherd sleeps under the tree.
The wolf picked the fattest ram in the herd, grabbed it and said:
- Ram, ram, I willl eat you!
- Let it be,- says the ram - that is my fate. But I offer you to stay there a bit further, open you mouth and I will run from the hill and jump right to your maw, that it would be quicker and you will not need to broke your tooth for my old bones.
- Thanks for the advice, - says the wolf - let's do it.
The wolf stood up down the hill, opened his mouth and waited. The ram rushed in and hit the wolf's head with its horns. The sparks from the eyes of the poor wolf sillped up, his head turned.
The wolf woke up, shook his head and talks to himself:
- I ate it, didn't I?
And at that time the reaper finished his day's work and went home. He heard the words of the wolf and said,
  - You didn't eat it, but you did taste some easy bread.
One Lesson Plan
The mom of the children started with the story about the country of her grandparents - Belarus. In the map children found this country, figured out that this is the neighbor country of Lithuania. They heard some Belarussian words.
Before telling the fairy tale children remembered that they had heard the tale "How the Wolf Wished to Make a Bread". There were risen the questions: whether the tales would differ and how similar they will be. Throughout the process of telling the fairy tale, children saw presentations in which the tale was written in Russian (language which is very often spoken in Belarus) and illustrations with authentic characters from the tale.
After hearing the tale, there were discussed the characters, the behavior of the wolf. In the way of brainstorming children tried to convey what they meant by "easy bread" and what behavior is not appropriate.
In conclusion, there agreed to listen to the tale two times more and to make the storyline and characters out of plastelin.


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