The Song of the Armadillo

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The Song of the Armadillo

A Bolivian folk tale


Once there was an armadillo who lived in the Bolivian rainforest.  He loved music more than anything else in the world and all he wanted to do was to be able to sing like many of the other animals could.
He sat by the pond and listened to the frogs calling to each other.
‘I wish I could sing as low as you can.  Can you teach me to sing please?’ he asked them.
But the frogs just laughed at him and said ‘Don’t be silly – armadillos can’t sing!’
He sat under the trees and listened to the crickets chirruping to each other.
‘I wish I could sing as high you do’ he said to them. Can you please