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The Dog and His Reflection

The Dog and his Reflection

A Dog, to whom the butcher had thrown a bone, was hurrying home with his prize as fast as he could go.

As the Dog crossed a narrow footbridge, he happened to look down and saw himself reflected in the quiet water as if in a mirror. The greedy Dog thought he saw another Dog carrying a bone much bigger than his own.

“That’s a much better bone than this tiny thing,” the Dog thought.

So, he dropped his bone and sprang at the Dog in the river, only to find himself swimming for dear life to reach the shore.

At last, the Dog managed to scramble out of the water. He shook himself, then cast about, looking for his bone. But it had been carried away by the river and was gone for good.

The Dog gazed sadly at the flowing water, missing his lost bone. “What a foolish and greedy Dog I’ve been,” he sighed at last, and went home hungry.

Moral: Be happy with what you have.


Citation: AesopAesop for Children. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally & Company, 1919. Edited by S.E. Schlosser. This story is in the public domain and is part of the cited work.

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series published by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of “let’s pretend” quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children’s Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.