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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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27. The Dove and the Ant Save Each Other

A thirsty ant went down to the lake
To get a drink one day,
But slipped on a patch of slimy mud
And fell in all the way.

HELP, HELP! he cried, I'M GOING TO DROWN!
But a kind dove heard the shout,
And dropped him a leaf of a mulberry bush
Which he used as a boat to get out.

So, tired and worn, when he got to shore,
He heard a hunter's feet
Tip-toeing through the lakeside grass
In search of doves to eat.

TAKE THAT! said ant as he nipped his heel,
OUCH! OUCH! came that hunter's cry,
And the dove heard the racket, jumped from his perch
And disappeared into the sky.

MORAL: One good turn deserves another.

from the book Prayers and Fables and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary

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