It was a warm sunny morning. Keshav the woodcutter waved to his wife, Radha as he made his way to the woods that day. He went directly toward the tree that he had marked the previous day. He sharpened his axe and started his work. “Please stop. If you listen to me, I will give you a memorable gift.”

Keshav was startled at the voice and climbed down. A golden snake slithered down the tree and kept a package on the lowest branch and retreated. He took the package home. He locked the door of their small hut and opened the package with Radha. It was a lovely model of the earth with a tree on top of it. The globe kept rotating on its axis. There was a silvery glow on the blue surface. The tree looked so real with its leaves dancing in the wind.

Suddenly the tree started talking to them. “Dear Keshav, I am the life-giving tree. When God created planet earth, it was full of wonderful things. We played and laughed together. But now things have changed. You never come to me but for cutting me down. If you protect me, you will be rewarded.” So Keshav started watering the tree and it kept its promise. The next day, he got juicy fruits from the tree.

Keshav went to the market and it was sold within no time. It was so delicious that people wanted more of it. The fame of his fruits spread far and wide and today, Keshav is a rich man.

Syed Waseem Haris, VI A, Excel Public School, Kunnamkulam, Thrissur