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Fables

The Lark and her Chicks

The Lark and her Chicks

    A Lark made her nest in a field of young wheat. As the days passed, the wheat stalks grew tall and the chicks, too, grew in strength.

    The Crow and the Pitcher

      In a spell of dry weather, when the Birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pitcher with a little water in it.

      The Goose that Laid Golden Eggs

      The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs

        There was once a countryman who possessed the most wonderful goose you can imagine, for every day when he visited the nest, the goose had laid a beautiful, glittering egg of pure gold.

        The Fox and the Grapes

        The Fox and the Grapes

          A Fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches of a tree. The grapes seemed ready to burst with juice, and the Fox’s mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them.

          The Lion and the Mouse

            A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion’s nose.

            The Ants and the Grasshopper

              One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and begged for a bite to eat.

              The Boy Who Cried Wolf

              The Boy Who Cried Wolf

                A Shepherd Boy tended his master’s Sheep near a dark forest not far from the village. Soon he found life in the pasture very dull. One day as he sat watching the Sheep and the quiet forest, and thinking what he would do should he see a Wolf, he thought of a plan to amuse himself.

                The Rooster and the Pearl

                The Rooster and the Pearl

                  Scratch. Scratch. Peck. Cock was strutting around the yard, busily looking for good things to eat. Peck, peck scratch. He gobbled down a piece of barley-corn with greedy satisfaction. Yum!

                  The Tortoise and the Hare

                  The Tortoise and the Hare

                    A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.

                    “Do you ever get anywhere?” he asked with a mocking laugh.

                    The Fox's Tail: A Fable

                    The Fox’s Tail

                      A Man caught a Fox, and asked her: “Who has taught you Foxes how to cheat the dogs?”

                      The Water Sprite: A Fable

                      The Water Sprite

                        Once upon a time, a man lost his favorite axe in the river. After much searching, he sat down on the bank in grief and began to weep.
                        The Water-sprite heard the man crying and took pity on him. He brought a gold axe out of the river, and said: “Is this your axe?”

                        The Canary and the Wasp: A Fable

                        The Canary and the Wasp

                          “Why do people not treat me as they treat you?” said a Wasp to a Canary on bright summer morning. “What do you mean?” asked the Canary as he preened his bright feathers.

                          The Peaches: A Fable

                          The Peaches

                            A Farmer went to town, on a market day, and bought five peaches. He gave one to his wife, and one to each of his four sons. The next day he said to his sons, “Well, what have you done with your peaches?”

                            Armadillo’s Song

                              There once lived an armadillo who loved music more than anything else in the world. After every rainfall, the armadillo would drag his shell over to the large pond filled with frogs and he would listen to the big green frogs singing back and forth, back and forth to each other in the most amazing voices.

                              The Fighting Roosters and the Eagle

                                “That’s it!” Black Rooster crowed to himself when he spotted Red Rooster flirting with the hens again. “I’ve had it with that impudent Rooster. This is my farmyard, not his!”