The Story That Never Ends

: Czechoslovak Fairy Tales

Once upon a time there was a shepherd who had a great flock of sheep.

He used to pasture them in a meadow on the other side of a brook. One

day the sun had already set before he started home. Recent rains had

swollen the brook so that he and the sheep had to cross on a little

footbridge. The bridge was so narrow that the sheep had to pass over

one by one.

Now we'll wait until he drives them all over. Then I'll go on with my


(When the children grow impatient and beg for a continuation of the

story, they are told that there are many sheep and that up to this

time only a few have crossed. A little later when their impatience

again breaks out, they are told that the sheep are still crossing. And

so on indefinitely. In conclusion:)

In fact there were so many sheep that when morning came they were

still crossing, and then it was time for the shepherd to turn around

and drive them back again to pasture!