The Wolf and the Crane

Here is another Aesop’s Fable for you to read in English. Read the whole thing without stopping to check words, then try the definitions quiz below.

The Wolf had eaten a lot too fast and had a bone stuck in his throat. He tried very hard to get it out but he could not move it and he could not eat anything at all. This was an awful thing to happen to the greedy Wolf.

So he ran away to find the Crane. He was sure that with her long neck and bill, she would be able to reach into his throat and pull the bone out. The Crane was surprised to see the Wolf coming to her for help, as normally he would try to eat her.

“If you can pull this bone out for me” said the Wolf, “I will give you a fantastic reward.”

The Crane, obviously, was not very sure about putting her head into the Wolf’s throat. But she was brave, and liked the idea of the reward, so she did what the Wolf asked her to do.

When the bone was gone, the Wolf started to walk away.

“Are you going to give me my reward then?” called the Crane.

“Excuse me!”, snarled the Wolf, turning around, “You have your reward already! I let you take your head out of my throat without biting it off!”

 

Don’t expect a reward from serving the wicked

 

Now try the definitions quiz below!

 

Wolf and Crane Definitions Quiz

Try to find the definition of the words in bold

 

Adapted from http://www.read.gov/aesop/001.html

The Fox and the Grapes

Here we are with another Aesop’s Fable to help you read in English.

One day, a Fox saw a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from the branch of a tree. They looked so juicy and delicious. The Fox stared at them and his mouth watered with the thought of snatching the lovely fruit.

The bunch of grapes were hanging from a high branch and the Fox needed to jump for it. The first time he jumped he missed it by a long way, so he walked a bit further away and ran towards the tree, jumping again to try to get the grapes, but he missed and could not reach them. He did it again and again but in vain. He could not reach the delicious bunch.

Then he sat down and looked at the grapes angrily.

“I am such an idiot,” said the Fox. “Why am I here busting my gut to try to get that bunch of sour grapes that aren’t even worth it anyway.”

He walked away, sulking, in a slow and rueful way.

There are many who pretend to hate and belittle something that is beyond their reach

Fox and the Grapes Definitions Quiz

Now you’ve read the fable, try the to identify the words in bold below!

 

Adapted from http://www.read.gov/aesop/001.html

Hanging a Bell on the Cat

Each week we take a different Aesop’s Fable so you can read at your own level and learn some new vocabulary.

 

One day, some Mice were talking about how they could get rid of their enemy, the Cat.

They wanted to find a way of knowing when she was coming, so they would have time to run away. They needed to do something, because the Mice were so scared of the Cat that they hardly ever went out of their dens in the night or day.

They talked and they talked but nobody had any good ideas. At last a very young mouse got up and said:

“I have a very simple plan, and I know it will be successful!”

“All we need to do is to hang a bell around the Cat’s neck. When we hear the bell ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming.”

The rest of the Mice were very surprised that they had not thought of this plan before. They were very pleased and excited about the idea. But in the middle of the celebrations, an old Mouse stood up and said:

“The young Mouse’s plan is very good. But let me ask you this question: Who exactly is going to hang the bell around the Cat’s neck?”

It is easy to say something should be done, but much more difficult to actually do it.

Now you’ve read the fable, try the definitions quiz below!

Bell on the Cat Quiz

You’ve read the fable, now try to match the words to the definition!

Adapted from http://www.read.gov/aesop/001.html