The Stonecutter A folktale from Japan by Lisa Blau CHARACTERS: (6) Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Narrator 4 Narrator 5 Stonecutter <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Narrator 1:
Once upon a time there was a Stonecutter.
Every day the Stonecutter cut stones from the mountain and put them in his cart.
The Stonecutter worked hard all day with his chisel and his hammer.
All day, every day, the Stonecutter worked. in his cart.
One day the hot sun beat down upon the Stonecutter.
He cut the stones and he put them
Stonecutter: How I wish I could be strong and powerful like the Sun. Narrator 1:
Said the Stonecutter.
Now it just so happened that a mountain spirit lived nearby.
When the mountain spirit heard the Stonecutter's wish, he decided to grant him the wish.
The Stonecutter became the Sun!
Stonecutter: Look at me! I am the Sun! thing in the world! Narrator 4:
I am powerful! I am strong!
Just then a Cloud floated in front of the Stonecutter.
Stonecutter: With that Cloud in front of me, I cannot shine brightly. powerful than the Sun. How I wish I were a Cloud! Narrator 2:
I am the most powerful
The Cloud is more
And as before, the wish was granted and the Stonecutter became a Cloud.
Stonecutter: It is fun to be a Cloud. I can rain upon the mountains and gardens. I am very powerful. Narrator 3:
Just then a strong Wind blew and pushed the Cloud across the sky.
Stonecutter: The Wind is so strong. It is stronger than a Cloud. How I wish I could be the Wind! Narrator 1:
And as before, the wish was granted and the Stonecutter became the Wind!
Stonecutter: It is grand being the Wind, for I am so strong and powerful! Narrator 2:
Then the Wind bumped into the Mountain.
Stonecutter: Aha! Narrator 3:
The Mountain is stronger than the Wind!
I wish to be a Mountain!
And just like that, the Stonecutter became a Mountain!
Stonecutter: Look at me!
I am a strong and powerful Mountain!
Just then, the Stonecutter felt something. He looked down and saw a man with a chisel and a hammer. The man was cutting the stones from the Mountain and placing them in his cart.
Stonecutter: Who dares to cut away at this Mountain? I see now that the Stonecutter is stronger than any Mountain. How I wish that I could be a mighty Stonecutter! Narrator 5:
His wish was granted.
The Stonecutter cut stones from the mountain and put them in his cart.
He worked hard all day with his hammer and his chisel and he said...
Stonecutter: I am a mighty Stonecutter. Narrator 1:
I am strong and powerful!
And then the Stonecutter never made another wish.