The Peacock And Juno

This is one of the best aesop short stories to read for kids. It was a fine sunny day. The peacock and his best friend, the crow were sharing their mid-day meal together. The crow sensed that his friend was very sad. He asked, “What is the matter, my friend?” Just then, the Goddess Juno appeared. At first, the peacock says nothing, but on Juno’s insistence, he starts complaining. You may also like to read, The Crow And The Peacock Story.

He complains to Juno and said, “When I sing, everybody laughs and tells me to stop! Why do I have such a bad voice? When an insignificant bird like nightingale is known for its beautiful tone. Everyone stops to listen to her when she opens her mouth to sing!”

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Juno’s expression of surprise soon turns to anger at his very dear peacock’s attitude. She says, “What a silly and envious bird you are! You should not have complained as you are blessed with a beautiful neck that shines with all the colors of the rainbow. Your long and extended tail is like a fine jewel shimmering under the sun. Every living being is gifted with something special. While the pelican bird is known for its swiftness, the eagle has strength. The parrot has the gift of speech and the nightingale is known for its note!” Also, read The Sparrow And The Elephant.

Juno further added, “You, my dear peacock have size and beauty! Stop complaining and appreciate what you have rather than crying about what you do not have.” The peacock realized how selfish his thought have been. Yet been endowed with qualities that were beautiful and rare, it was not correct to compare and compete constantly with his fellow beings. He thanked Goddess Juno for her wisdom and bring enlighten to his life.

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