A poor woodcutter accidentally dropped his axe into a river. He was very upset because he had no money to buy another axe.
As he stood by the river, feeling very sad and not knowing what to do, a fairy appeared. She stood in the river holding out a golden axe to him. “Perhaps this your axe. I found it in the river,” she said.
“That’s not mine,” said the woodcutter.
The fairy then brought out a silver axe. The woodcutter disowned this one too. Finally, the fairy held out an axe with a wooden handle.
“That’s mine,” said the woodcutter, smiling with happiness. “Thank you for getting my axe back for me!”
“Such honesty deserves a reward,” said the fairy and she gave the honest woodcutter all the three axes.