The Sun and the Wind

Sun and Wind spied a traveller
in his winter coat.
“I’ll take it off him,” said the Wind,
he puffed and thought to gloat.

Our traveller was very pleased
his coat was warm, just swell.
“’T’is autumn time,” is what he said.
“The weather can be hell.”

“My coat is lined, made of strong stuff,
I should be quite alright.”
“This one,” gusted Mr Wind,
“knows not his real plight

that I, the Wind, am after him.
I think I’ll have a tussle.
I’ll blow his silly buttons off,
show him that I have muscle!”

“Let’s make a bet,” said radiant Sun.
“We have him in our eye.
Who will get his coat right off
Is it you or I?”

Wind, devil’s bellows, puffed so much
our traveller took fright.
“I’ll smash some boats and roofs,” said Wind,
“that coat, it is my right!”

Our traveller held his coat so tight
the Wind could not get in,
but wasted time used up his turn:
now Sun will try to win!

A sunny spell, a little sweat
no clouds at all in sight:
our traveller’s coat was off at once.
Strength bowed to Sweetness’ might!

This is a very old story, going back at least as far as Aesop. I would like to acknowledge both him and La Fontaine. This is a translation of La Fontaine’s story, and it is copyright to me, Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore.

You can listen to the story through this link:

Published by Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore

After many years working as a clinical psychologist in the NHS, I became an author. My years as a mother and grandmother gave me plenty of practice telling children stories. I have become very interested in dinosaurs and animals, and I really enjoy rhymes and riddles!

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