by Margo Fallis
A Beautiful Chorus
emerald green wings sparkled and twinkled when the sun shone on them.
During the day, when it was very hot, Jade, the cicada, rubbed his wings
together to produce a musical humming sound. The other cicadas in the
trees hummed too, but none sounded as beautiful as Jade.
day, as Jade sat in the top of a willow tree humming, a bird walked
along the path below, pecking at the seeds and grass. Its feathers were
greenish-blue and the bird wore a crown of golden feathers on its head.
Its long feathery tail had round markings that looked just like eyes in
the center of each plume. Jade had never seen anything like this bird
before. He flew down and landed on a branch. "What kind of bird are
peacock. My name is Hu-Long." He spread out his tail in a colorful
cicada. My name is Jade. You are a beautiful bird."
are a beautiful insect." Hu-Long bowed his head.
you sing?" Jade puffed up his body with pride.
then Hu-Long let out a caw. It was loud and high pitched and echoed off
the tall mountains.
sing as beautifully as you look. I can hum." Jade rubbed his wings
together quickly and made a humming sound that filled the valley. The
melody made the leaves on the willow trees vibrate.
also sound as beautiful as you look. Maybe we can sing together and fill
the whole land with music," Hu-Long suggested. As the two stood
discussing plans, a bee landed on a rock at the bottom of the willow
tree and started buzzing.
buzzing sounds beautiful. Jade, the cicada can hum. My name is Hu-Long
and I know how to caw. Listen. The two harmonized.
Chun-Ho, the bee buzzed and shook. "Let me join you." The three filled
the land with a joyful melody.
animals came to see who was making the beautiful music. A cow eating in
a nearby field, waddled over. Jun-Lee asked if she could join in. She
let out some loud moos. Jade, Hu-Long, Chun-Ho and Jun-Lee sang
monkey swung down from the top of the willow tree. "My name is Manchu.
Your music brings joy to my heart. May I join in your chorus?" He
jumped around and pounded his chest. It had a strong beat. Soon Jade, Hu-Long,
Chun-Ho, Jun-Lee, and Manchu filled the valley with their beautiful
Shin-Yong, a tiger, came by and roared. Fo-An, a water buffalo, plodded
out of the river and joined in with its belches. Ushi, a nightingale,
chirped. Soon the whole valley was filled with a chorus of beauty.
on the mountain, in a forest of bamboo, sat Quon-Shen, a panda. He heard
the music from the valley. He ate his bamboo leaves and wondered where
it was coming from. Curious, he climbed off his tree, carried a cane of
bamboo and sauntered into the valley. He came upon Jade, Hu-Long,
Chun-Ho, Jun-Lee, Manchu, Shin-Yong, Fo-An, and Ushi singing. "May I
animals stopped. "Panda bears cant make noise," Jade said. The others
nodded in agreement.
Quon-Shen took a piece of bamboo from behind his back. He poked a few
holes in it and blew through the biggest. Flute-like music flowed from
the cane. The other animals were surprised to hear such a beautiful
sound. Quon-Shens music was more beautiful than Jade, the cicadas, Hu-Long,
the peacocks, Chun-Ho, the bees, Jun-Lee, the cows, Manchu, the
monkeys, Shin-Yong, the tigers, Fo-An, the water buffalos, and Ushi,
the nightingales. Quon-Shen played more music for them.
sun set behind he mountains, Quon-Shen still played his bamboo flute.
Never had the valley heard such beautiful melodies as they heard that
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