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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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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



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