21 The tortoise
22 A thin reed survives
23 The lion and the mouse
24 The goat and the lion
25 The mother lion
26 The donkey's shadow
27 The dove and the ant
28 The greedy boy's hand
29 The greedy woman
30 The tricky donkey
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23. The Lion And The Mouse Exchange Favors
A mouse once danced without a look,
Not noticing the road he took.
He suddenly looked down and froze!
He'd danced out on a lion's nose!
Zip! Zap! Before he could
He lay beneath the lion's paw.
said he in wild dismay---
So Lion let him go his way.
A short time later hunters set
A trap-- and Lion fell in their net!
And as he moaned his awful fate
Up came the mouse calm and sedate,
And gnawed and gnawed and
gnawed and gnawed
Until that net in two was sawed!
Then running off their separate ways
Yes, kindness always pays.
MORAL: Little friends may prove to be great friends.
from the book Prayers and Fables and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary