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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28. The Greedy Boy's Hand Gets Caught in a Jar
A hungry boy reached deep inside
A hazelnut jar in a shop,
But when he tried to pull out his hand,
His fist wouldn't fit through the top.
He screamed and he wailed and he burst into tears,
But the shopkeeper started to sing:
Take a few at a time,
sang the patient old man,
And you'll soon have enough for a KING.
MORAL: Greed can destroy opportunity.
from the book Prayers and Fables and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary