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Flying Lerato

One day long ago, a girl called Lerato was walking through the veld when she saw a little black pig fast asleep under a bush.

“Aha,” said Lerato. “We will eat well tonight.”

Lerato grabbed the little pig,

but to her surprise, it squeaked, “Please, let me go! I’ll reward you – I’m a magic pig.”

Lerato stared at the pig. “What will you give me?” she asked.

“Well, for one week,” said the pig, “you’ll be able to fly like a bird in the sky ...