Princess Tales

The Sun, the Moon and the Rooster

The Sun, the Moon and the RoosterShort tale: The Sun, the Moon and the Rooster

This ancient legend from the Philippines explains why, every morning, roosters wake up and crow. This story will help you explain to the little ones the importance of not being lazy and being responsible for household chores.

Legend has it that, at the beginning of time, three peculiar brothers lived in the sky: the bright and burning sun, the beautiful and clear moon, and a chatty rooster who spent the whole day crowing.

The three of them shared the task. The sun was in charge of illuminating and heating the earth. Meanwhile, the moon and the rooster performed household chores such as ironing, caring for the plants and cooking.

One day, the moon asked the rooster to take the cows to the barn, as the sun was almost up and it was getting cold. The lazy rooster refused.

¡I’m not going to take the cows to the barn! I’ve done too much today, I’m tired and I want to sleep.

The moon, hearing what her brother had said, became very angry and insisted again, but the rooster refused to go. Then the moon became so angry that she threw the rooster with all her might into space, towards the Earth.

When the sun returned home and found his sister, he asked her where the rooster was. She answered by telling him the truth. The sun did not believe what he heard and became very angry:

¿How could you throw our brother out of the house? ¡I am very upset with you and I want nothing more to do with you! What you just did is unforgivable. From now on I will work during the day and you will go out at night. That way, we won’t have to see each other anymore. Besides, I’m going to talk to the rooster and ask him to wake me up every morning from the ground with his crowing so I can go back to work, but I’m also going to tell him to sleep in his coop at night so I won’t see you.

From that moment on, the sun and the moon began to work in shifts. When the sun returned, the moon was gone with the stars to light up the dark night. They never crossed again, thanks to the crowing of the rooster, who got used to living on the farm and waking his brother up to the sun every morning.

¡Now you know why roosters crow in the daytime!


Reflection on the story: The reflection we can get from this story is the importance of responsibility and teamwork. Each of the brothers had an important task to perform, and when one of them did not fulfill his responsibility, it had negative consequences for everyone.

In addition, the story also highlights the importance of communication and peaceful conflict resolution, because if the rooster had talked to his brothers instead of refusing to do his task, the story might have had a different ending.

Frequently asked questions about the story The Sun, the Moon and the Rooster

¿Who are the main characters in the story?

The main characters are the sun, the moon, and a rooster.

¿What task is assigned to each of the siblings?

The sun is in charge of lighting and heating the earth, while the moon and the rooster perform household chores.

¿Why does the moon get angry with the rooster?

The moon gets angry with the rooster because he refuses to take the cows to the barn.

¿How does the sun react when it finds out what has happened to the rooster?

The sun gets very angry and decides to work during the day, while the moon works at night.

¿What does the rooster do after being shot into space by the moon?

The rooster gets used to living on Earth and crows every morning to wake up the sun.

¿Why do the sun and the moon decide to work in shifts?

The sun and the moon decide to work in shifts to avoid having to see each other after what happened to the rooster.

¿What does the sun ask the rooster after learning what has happened?

The sun asks the rooster to wake him up every morning with his crowing, but to sleep in his coop at night so he won’t see the moon.

¿What lesson can be learned from this story?

The story teaches that actions have consequences and that it is important to be responsible and help others.

How much do they know about the story The Sun, the Moon and the Rooster

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