"The Musical Donkey" is the ninth animated story of a brand new series called "Little BookBoxers". Through this series we would like to provide stories that are simple and fun for toddlers (2 to 4 year olds) who have just started reading and learning languages.
As always, our stories are powered by Same Language Subtitling (SLS) that helps improve reading and language learning, subconsciously.
This particular story has been animated by BookBox in partnership with Tulika Books.
About this story: There was a donkey who felt so happy that he sang through the night in the cucumber field. The problem was that the cucumbers couldn't bear it. What did they do?
Story: Niveditha Subramaniam
Illustrations: Namrata Rai
Music Composed and Arranged by: Jerry Silvester Vincent
SFX Design, Mix and Mastered by: Jerry Silvester Vincent
Narration: Jeremy Roske
THE MUSICAL DONKEY
During the day the donkey worked for the washerman.
At night he went for long walks with his friend, the jackal.
The jackal never listened but the donkey talked and talked until they reached the cucumber field.
Then the donkey would open his mouth wide and bite into a fresh, juicy cucumber, cool as the moon.
Every night, the two ate. The donkey ate a LOT. He grew fat with joy.
And then one day he began to sing with joy.
“Oh no!” said the jackal and closed his ears. “Oh yes!” said the donkey and opened his mouth even wider.
“STOP!” cried the jackal. “The farmer will hear you!”
But the donkey didn’t stop singing."
“STOP!” cried the jackal. “The cucumbers will hear you!” Still the donkey didn’t stop singing.
But the farmer didn’t hear him. You know why? He was dreaming he had a thousand cucumbers in his field. He didn’t want to wake up.
In the field, the real cucumbers waited.
But the farmer did not come.
And the musical donkey would not stop singing. The cucumbers could not bear it. What could they do?"
One by one, they jumped out of the field and ran to the farmer’s house.
The next morning, when the farmer woke up, he was not alone.
All around him were cucumbers – wide awake, looking at him.
And in the field the donkey was fast asleep.
Our mission is to produce animated stories that are powered by Same Language Subtitling (SLS) a scientifically tested and proven approach to help improve reading skills and language learning, ultimately promoting a love for reading.
AniBooks flow from a simple fact – children love to watch cartoons. Thus, AniBooks are animated stories for children, with the narration appearing on-screen as Same Language Subtitles (SLS). BookBox was founded in 2004 after winning a business plan competition at Stanford University, called, the Social e-Challenge.