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Group One

1 Some timid bunnies

2 The hare outruns

3 The lion is ashamed

4 Grandma ewe

5 A fool scolds

6 The wolf fails

7 A canny bat

8 A gullible wolf

9 The amorous lion

10 Some revelers

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8. A Gullible Wolf Is Scared Away

A hungry wolf crept through the woods
        One night as quiet as a mouse,
Until he heard a crying child
        Within a woodsman's tiny house.

Sweet Babe, don't cry! he heard them plead,
You've had what sweets we can provide!
Shhh! Please be still! You'll bring the wolf!
PERHAPS A WOLF IS RIGHT OUTSIDE!

The child grew still, turned white with fear,
And mother blushed to use deceit.
        The wolf, quite sure that he'd been seen,
        Ran off like he had wings for feet.

MORAL: Our fears are often foolish.


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

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