No one talks to a donkey

Hello...that’s my feet you can hear...that’s me walking down a dusty road. My feet sound like that because I’m a donkey; a little grey donkey. I live in a village called Chandelao in India.

Every day I carry heavy things on my back from the fields to my master’s house in the village. Carrying heavy things is my job. Today I’m carrying two very big sacks of potatoes.

When I walk from the fields to the village I pass other animals. I always stop and say hello.

Look...here comes an elephant.

‘Hello, Mr Elephant. How are you today?’

Elephants are too big to notice little grey donkeys like me. Nobody talks to a donkey. Oh well, never mind. On I go, carrying my sacks of potatoes.

Now who’s this climbing up a banana tree? It’s a monkey. He’s stealing bananas from someone’s garden!

‘Hello Mr Monkey. How are you today?’

He just fills his mouth with bananas and runs away. Monkeys are far too busy to notice little grey donkeys like me. Nobody talks to a donkey. Oh well never mind. On I go, carrying my sacks of potatoes.

Now, who’s this slowly walking out of the desert?

It’s a camel. I don’t like camels very much. They’re quite rude and sometimes they spit but I am a friendly donkey so I say...

‘Hello Mr Camel. How are you today?’

The camel looks at me, curls his lip and carries on walking. He’s too rude to talk to little grey donkeys like me. Nobody talks to a donkey. Oh well never mind. On I go, carrying my sacks of potatoes.

Now I’m back in my village and look who’s standing in the street. It’s a cow. Children are patting it and feeding it cabbage leaves and clumps of grass.

‘Hello, Mrs Cow. How are you today?’

She’s having far too much fun being patted and eating to talk to little grey donkeys like me. Nobody talks to a donkey. Oh well never mind. On I go, carrying my sacks of potatoes.

On my way into the village I say hello to a goat, three chickens, a mongoose and a tiny mouse. None of them talk to me. Not even the mouse. Nobody talks to a donkey.

I’m nearly at my master’s house now. Sitting on a wall is a little girl. She’s eating an apple. As I walk by something amazing happens...

The little girl says: ‘Hello, Mr Donkey. How are you today?'

I look at the little girl. I’m just a little grey donkey. Is she really talking to me?

‘Do you want an apple?’ says the girl.

The little girl has a whole bag of apples. She gives one to me and starts to talk. The little girl is good at talking. She tells me things that have happened today at school. The girl feeds me apples. She talks and talks and I eat and eat until the apple bag is empty...

Then...I slowly walk down the street to my master’s house. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy!

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