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Published on May 17, 2011

Mori helps her parents in their activities so that they can live in harmony with nature.

The Whispering Palms
By Deepa Gangwani
and Tina Suchanek
Mori was a little girl
with big brown eyes.
She lived with her parents
in a beautiful coconut grove,
next to a small blue lake.
Every morning,
she balanced a big
empty basket on her head
as she walked down to the lake.
Her mother followed
with the laundry
and her father brought
the big fishing net.
Her mother washed the clothes
on a stone next to the lake,
while her father
went fishing.
He dragged the net ashore,
and they collected the fish
in a big basket.
Sometimes
a turtle got stuck in the net,
but Mori always hurried
to the rescue.
One sunny morning
while fishing with her father,
Mori said:
"If we catch so many fish,
one day there won't be any left!"
Her mother laughed
and sent her off to school.
Under the shade of the trees,
Mori's mother fell into an
uneasy sleep.
She dreamt of a lake
with no fish,
while the wind
in the palm leaves
whispered:
"The waters
and the land
have always taken care
of your family,
so you
have to take care of them
in return."
She awoke
with tears in her eyes,
for she didn't know
how to bring up Mori
without selling enough fish.
All afternoon she sat,
weaving coconut mats
and thinking
about her dream.
That night
Mori heard her parents
whisper
as the oil lamp burned
deep into the night.
The next morning,
her father gave her
a smaller basket.
"How can we carry all the fish
in this little basket?"
Mori asked.
"We will only take
as many fish
as will fit inside this basket,"
he replied.
Mori was puzzled.
When she came back from school,
she was happy to find her mother
making soap and oil
from the coconuts.
Mori swiftly climbed up a tree
to get more coconuts,
but her mother cautioned:
"Don't pluck them;
we must only use
what the tree gives us."
Her father added:
"We have taken
only fallen coconuts
for these things.
Look,
we've even made this soap
with a jasmine flower inside!"
From that day on,
the family made brooms
from the palm leaves
and wove mats
from coconut fiber.
They took soap,
oil
and only a small number of fish
to the market.
When Mori grew older,
she loved to carve tiny turtles
out of coconut shells
and always wore one
around her neck.

Illustrations: Emanuele Scanziani
Music & Art Director: Holger Fetter
Animation: Alfrin Multimedia

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