The Money Tree

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TheMoneyTree TalesofCoyote,ananimalwholikedtoplaytricksonothers, aretoldbymanyAmericanIndians. Coyoteinventedasneakytrick.Hearrangedcoinsonthebranches ofatreesothattheyseemedtohavegrownthere. Soon,twogoldminerscameby.“Amoneytree!”onesaid. “Yes,”saidCoyote.“Everydayatnoon,Ishake thetree,andripecoinsfallfromit.”He shookthetreetoshowthem.Thecoins hehadputonthetreefelldown. Oneminersaid,“We’lltradeyouabag ofgoldforthetree.” Coyoteagreedandtookthegold.Beforehe left,hewarnedtheminerstobepatientand waituntilnoonthenextdaytoshakethetree. Theminerswaitedallafternoon,allnight,andall morning.Whenthesunwasatitshighestpointinthe sky,theyknewitwasnoon,andtheyshookthetree.Nocoinsfell. Theminerspoundedthetrunk.Oneminerclimbedupthetreeto look.Notasinglecoinbloomedonthetree. Atfirst,theminersthoughttheyhadmistakenthetime.Theywaited anextraday,andthistimetheydidn’tshakethetreeuntilsunset. Nocoinsfell. OneminerwantedtogoafterCoyote.Butbothdecidedtowait anotherdaytoseeifanycoinsripened. Thatwasalongtimeago,buttheymightstillbethere,waiting! ™ ©AdvancedAssessmentSystems/LinkIt!Duplicationisrestrictedtolicenseesonly.

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