In this folk tale from the borders of England and Scotland two brothers take very similar journeys to 'make their fortune', however their paths end at very different destinations.
This old folk tale teaches us that listening to the lessons within nature and moving through the world with a kind heart is a far more noble venture than carrying stubbornness and meanness with you.
Following the story consider these following questions or activities:
In the story both brothers meet a bird that offers them help. Did you wonder what type of bird it was? Take a walk into a local park, head to a forest or spend some time in your garden watching birds and see if you can choose a bird who you think would be particulary helpful.
In the story the brothers make a device for carrying water using moss and clay- head to a stream with your firends and family and together use natural materials to build a vessel for carrying water.
This story really comes to life when the hares are introduced, especially when they begin to dance. Have you ever seen dancing hares? March is a good time to spot hares, visit a local nature reserve or ask some local people where to see hares and take an adventure to see them.