Once upon a time, there was a man who worked as a woodcutter. He didn't have much money, but he was always truthful and never lied. He lived near a river by a forest and his job was to cut wood from the trees in the forest. Even though his work was tough, he earned only a small amount of money, but it was enough to take care of his family.
One day, while he was cutting wood in the forest, something unfortunate happened. His axe slipped from his hands and fell into the fast-flowing river. He tried really hard to find his axe in the river, but no matter how much he looked, he couldn't find it. This was a big problem because the axe was his only way to make a living. He was too poor to buy a new one, and he knew that without the axe, his family would go hungry.
Feeling helpless, he sat down by the river and started crying. As he cried, a magical fairy heard his sad cries and came to see what was wrong. The fairy wanted to test the woodcutter's honesty, so she asked him why he was crying. The woodcutter explained his situation and asked for help. The fairy felt sorry for him, but she wanted to see if he was really honest.
To test him, the fairy dived into the river and came back with a golden axe. She showed it to the woodcutter and asked if it was his lost axe. Even though the golden axe looked valuable, the woodcutter was honest and said it wasn't his. The fairy went back into the river and came out with a silver axe, asking again if it was his. Once more, the woodcutter told the truth and said it wasn't his axe.
The fairy was impressed by the woodcutter's honesty. She dived into the river one last time and retrieved the woodcutter's actual axe. When he saw his own axe, he was overjoyed and confirmed that it was his. The woodcutter thanked the fairy for finding his axe, and the fairy was happy too because she had seen his honesty.
As a reward for his honesty, the fairy offered the woodcutter all three axes – the golden one, the silver one, and his own. She made it clear that he couldn't refuse the reward. The woodcutter happily accepted the axes and felt grateful for the fairy's kindness.
This story teaches us that being truthful and honest is really important. Just like the woodcutter, it's a good idea for all of us to be honest in our lives.