Lesson 40: The Generous Female Sheep

She was a very generous sheep.
Do you know what it means to be generous?
It is to enjoy giving – giving for the pleasure of it.
Well, this sheep was very, very generous.
She gave wool whenever somebody asked her for some.
An old lady came and asked her for a wool shawl for winter.
The sheep gave it to her.
A little girl came and asked her for a wool cap for school.
The sheep gave it to her.
A lady came and asked for a pair of wool socks to wear at home.
The sheep gave it to her.
Somebody asked, “Sheep! Don’t you think you’re being too generous?
“Don’t you worry about it,” answered the sheep.
“Didn’t you learn at school that cows give milk and sheep give wool?
That’s what I’ve been doing.”

Next came Mrs. Chopra,
“All I want is a little ball of wool to finish a blanket. Is there enough?”
Of course there was.
The sheep never got tired of giving.
She gave it for waistcoats, sweaters, collars, little collars, gloves… it was a wonder that she never ran out of wool.

Do you know the saying: “Giving is receiving”?

A) Discussion Points:

  1. Did you know that wool comes from sheep?
    Where do the following items come from?
    a) Silk
    b) Wood
    c) Paper
    d) Leather
    e) Fur
  2. Did you know that Australia is the largest wool producing country in the world?
    Please research and write a few lines about Australia.
  3. In a few lines, please tell us what it means to be generous.

B) Please give the opposites of the following:

Giving –
Old –
Finish –
Generous –

C) ‘Sheep’ does not have a plural form. Neither does ‘deer.’
‘Luck,’ ‘weather’ and ‘fun’ also have no plural forms.
Can you think of two more words that have no plural form?

D) A female sheep is an ewe.
A female lion is a lioness.
A female peacock is a peahen.
Can you think of any other animals that have different words for the male and female of the species?

E) Poem

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me

What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made

Something greater from the difference.