The White Sail
When Jepu and Farrar were only boys, their father brought them to Kamaran on a sailboat.
“You will wait here,” he told them, “till I return.”
“Where are you going?” asked Farrar, the older brother.
“To fight the terrible men,” his father answered.
“What will we do?” whimpered Jepu, the younger brother.
“Watch,” said his father, “for the white sail.” For his boat had a great, white sail. Then he hugged his sons, and sailed away.
There is a hill on Kamaran that is as white as salt, so dry is the soil. Because it is the highest point on Kamaran, it is the best place for watching the sea. As the sun sank down, the brothers climbed up this hill, and looked out onto the water. The sky turned golden-orange, then yellow-green… But there was no white sail.
A desert in the daytime, is as hot as the sun is hot, and at night, as cool as the moon. Farrar knew he and his young brother would freeze if they could not find shelter. Yet everywhere the boys looked, they saw dry sand, only, or stone. When they were too tired to search any longer, they huddled among the reeds on the edge of the water.
By the time the moon rose, the boys were half-frozen with cold. Jepu began to whimper.
“Come closer,” said a voice. But it was not Farrar who spoke. There was a mangrove tree close by, with a hole in its middle. The voice seemed to come from the hole…
About the Story
Jepu and Farrar are astonished at what they find on the island and they learn an invaluable lesson as well.
You can read the full version of “The White Sail” and 30 other fantastic read-aloud stories inside The White Sail – Volume 2 in our Story-A-Day Literacy Initiative. The book is a collection of 31 stories (one for each day!) that promotes early childhood literacy through daily reading.
About the Collection
This collection includes stories about cave girls and viking boys, aliens and pirates, salamanders with socks and violin-playing cats, lions, tigers, grasshoppers, gorillas, dragons and oh, so much more! A collection of 31 fun and original stories from knowonder! Never run out of short, fun stories again. Great for bedtime, story time, or just ANY time! Share the joy of story time with your child as often as you like (we recommend daily) and “know the wonder” of their imagination, as well as the love and joy you experience together.
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