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The Magic BlackboardMoral of the storySome things you can’t leave in the countryside because they do harm to theenvironment and living things.StoryOnce upon a time a boy was walking through a little forest when he found a bigblackboard hanging on an old tree trunk. It came complete with a box of chalk pieces,and bright sparks were flying from the tips of every piece of chalk. The boy took a pieceof chalk and started to draw on the board: first a tree, then a rabbit, then a flower...Magically, whenever he finished a figure it came to life and jumped out of the board.Before long, the place had become a wonderfully green and fertile forest, full of animalshappily playing.Excited, the boy also drew his parents and brothers and sisters enjoying a picnic, withtheir sandwiches and cold meats. He also drew the paper plates and the empty tins ofsardines left on the ground, which always happened on their picnics. But when thesebits of litter came to life something awful happened: around every paper plate and everyempty tin, the forest turned grey, and this greyness started quickly spreadingeverywhere: to the grass, to the flowers, to the animals... The boy realised the litter wasto blame for all the greyness, so he ran through the forest with the blackboard rubber inhis hand to rub them out wherever they had landed.He was lucky. He was quick, and didnt leave a single piece of litter. The forest and itsanimals managed to recover, and they played together for the rest of the day.The boy never again saw that blackboard, but now, every time he goes to thecountryside with his family, he remembers that adventure and is the first to pick up anylitter. And he is sure to remind the others that anything left lying in the woods can domore damage to the animals than they ever would have suspected.Author.. Pedro Pablo Sacristán