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The magic necklace

Once upon a time, there was a farmer called Vusi who was very, very strong.

Nobody knew how he did it, but he could easily carry two cows at the same time.

One morning, when Vusi woke up, he ran around in a panic.

“My necklace! Who has stolen my magic necklace?” he shouted.

“Without it I will have lost all my strength, and will be just like everyone else!”

He rushed to the window, just in time to see a little boy running off very, very fast...