Read and listen to The Caurabesul who cried in the woods

Hi guys, have you ever seen a person and say at first glance that they are unpleasant and then you become friends?

Don't tell lies because it has happened to everyone.

The protagonist of this evening is a caurabesul as in other popular tales of Valtellina. Also called caurabesula or nightjar, according to some this legendary animal is a bird, for others a bewitched goat: it wanders around the woods at night, making a terrible cry, which scares young and old.

The caurabesul shouting in the woods
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Read with me:

"Don't shout, wake up the caurabesul!",the grandmother said to the child before going to sleep.
The caurabesul was a frightening animal that no child in the village had ever seen. Everyone said, however, that he had a terrible appearance: he could transform himself into a bird, sometimes into an owl, sometimes he was a bat or, when he wanted to get close to a farm, he became a goat.
Mom and dad didn't believe these stories: all the grandparents in the village, however, always said to their grandchildren:
"If you're a brat, I'll call the caurabesul!"and the children trembled with fear.
One night the boy went to bed with a troubled heart. Everyone was asleep: mum, dad, the grandparents next door, the dog.
The boy woke up and looked around: it was all darkand the mum she had not yet reached the point of saying "it's morning".A cry came from the woods.A strange cry: the sound of an animal, but not the crackle of a frog or a duck.It sounded like: a fork screeching against the wall of the house, the saucepans falling, the chair crawling on the floor.

“The caurabesul!”, cries the child, “Mom, the caurabesul!.

The mum she woke up and ran to the baby's room."There is no one, child." “The caurabesula does not exist and the forest is silent”.

The verse was no longer heard. Mom she kissed the boy and went back to her room.
After a while, the boy heard that strange noise again.
“The caurabesul! Mom, is back!".
The mum he didn't hear… It was a summer night and dad had left a window open.
The forest was silent again for a few minutes. The boy held his breath and holed up under the covers, his eyes open.
Then a flapping of wings and the cry was heard: it was similar to the previous verse, but not so loud.
The animal took advantage of the ajar window, entered the house and settled on the child's bed.
"Hello, child," he cried.
The boy poked one eye out from under the blanket to look.He was trembling with fear: the caurabesul had really arrived!

The grandparents were right: it was a bird, all blue, not really that big, and a little less frightening to look at. Only the sound of him was scary.
The child was shaking; even the strange bird trembled.

"You know where mine is mum?”, the animal said to the child.
"I lost it while flying through the woods, saw an open window and thought it was here."

The boy wanted to answer, but his voice stuck in his throat.Grandparents used to say that the Caurabesul kidnap children!This one, however, was a puppy and didn't look so threatening.

"Why don't you answer, child? You took mine mum?“,said the little bird.
In the meantime, the woods seemed to be wide awake because there was a great noise: crass of frogs, whoops of wolves and other screeching forks in the distance.

The boy's voice slowly returned.
“How is yours mum, bird?”
The puppy replied:
"She's made just like me, but bigger."

“Bird,” continued the boy.
"You are bad? Yours mum it is bad?".
"My mum it's not bad!" cried the little bird and leapt into a rage. "I'm not bad".
"Strange bird," said the boy again. "Yours mum kidnap the children?”.
This time however, thepuppy of the mysterious animal was even more frightened than the child.
"You are bad!" she cried, “yours mum it is bad".
The wind beat hard against the window. There was another strange noise, very, very loud. A larger bird struggled through the window and landed on the child's bed.
Era mum caurabesul and was coming and take her puppy.
“Puppy,” he cried, speaking to the little bird, “where were you? I have told you many times that you must not enter houses!”.
The boy was silent.
“Let's go home, pup,” she said mum caurabesul to her little one and then, addressed to the child:

“Hello baby, have a nice dream and remember. Don't worry when you hear my strange cry in the night. I have to shout, because this way my puppy hears me and doesn't get lost in the woods”.

Mom caurabesul and her little son flew out the window. The child cried out: "Mom!”. There mum she got out of bed and went to the boy's room. “What else is there?” she said yawning.
"Mom, I discovered that the caurabesul are good animals”.
“Ah,” she said mum, nodding his head yes. "Go back to sleep now."

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Hi, I'm Francesca Ruberto, sister of Eugenio Ruberto. I was born in Capua (CE) on November 11, 2011

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