Sindbad The Sailor :
Sindbad, the sailor was the only survivor of a shipwreck. Sindbad clung on to a wooden shaft of the ship and was washed to shore. He was so exhausted that he went to sleep.
When Sindbad woke up, the first thing he saw were huge vultures, the size of mountains, roaming the skies above him. Sindbad scampered to a cave in the distance and hid there.
In the cave, there was a stream that flowed into the cave. Sindbad was very thirsty. He drank the water. Sindbad decided to follow the stream. He walked alongside it. The stream led to a water fall many miles below.
By the side of a rock was the nest of a vulture. Sindbad thought a plan. He waited for the vulture to come. As the bird came down to its nest, Sindbad quickly tied to the bird’s legs one end of a long cloth and the other around his waist.
The startled bird took off and flew over the water fall, across the sea to another island. As the vulture flew by a field, Sindbad loosened the cloth and let himself down on the field.
Back on firm ground, Sindbad looked around but could see nobody in sight. He walked for many miles.
Finally he came to a village. Sindbad had no idea that he had wandered into a village of cannibals. He was captured and his hands were tied behind his back. He was taken to the
chief of the village.
He was to be killed and his flesh distributed among the villagers. Sindbad saw a small boy who was willing to help him escape. The boy, unnoticed by the cannibals, cut the ropes that were tied to Sindbad. Sindbad managed to escape.
He again walked for many days until he came to another village. He told the villagers of his adventure and how he had got there. Sindbad was given food and shelter for the night. The next morning, the villagers built a boat for him to sail back home.
Sindbad gratefully sailed on…not to home but to many more adventures at sea.
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