Byron the Elf:...Time now for another visit with

S.L.: Hello, boys and girls. Today we're going to hear the story I call, "The Woodman's Sacrifice."

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S.L.: Once upon a time in kingdom very far away, the queen decided that she would give a great prize to whichever subject in her kingdom could best prove his loyalty and devotion to her. Many people came and gave many gifts, and paid great tribute to the queen.

Finally, a very poor woodsman was ushered into her chambers, and there before all assembled he said, "My devotion to my queen is so great, that I must come here on this day to prove it, for I am sure that I will win the great prize! And though I am very poor and have little, I will show my loyalty through making a great sacrifice to the queen!"

And with that the woodsman, in one swift and sudden move, took out a knife and cut off his arm!

The queen looked down at him, and said, "Oh, woodsman, I am very sorry, but I wasn't paying attention...could you do that again?"

B: Thank you, Story Lady. Be listening next time, boys and girls, when The Story Lady tells us the beautiful fable of "The Foolish Boy Who Washed His Underwear in Soy Sauce."

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