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Morals for kids – Aesop’s Fables – The Ant And The Dove.

Never underestimate even the little things.

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One warm sunny day, a thirsty Ant went to the river to quench his thirst with some cool sweet water.

ANT: I am so thirsty! There’s the river. I must go down there to drink

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Halfway down, the ant slips and falls into the swift-running river.

ANT: Help! Help! I’m being carried away. The flow of the river is too strong for me!

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A dove sees the ant in danger.

DOVE: Oh no! The ant is in trouble!

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Thinking quickly, she threw some leaves into the river near the Ant.

DOVE: Hurry little Ant, climb onto a leaf!

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Ant gratefully climbed himself up onto a leaf and floated safely to the shore. Meanwhile, a hunter enters and sees the dove.

HUNTER: Perfect! A lovely, plump dove. She doesn’t sense that I’m here, so I should be able to easily trap her!

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Ant, recovering on the bank, saw Hunter hiding behind a tree, preparing to catch the gentle Dove.

ANT: Oh no, my friend Dove is in danger! I must save her.

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The little Ant shook off the water and scrambled over to the Hunter. With all his might, he pricked the man’s heel.

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HUNTER (Jumping up and down in pain): Ow! Ow! My foot!

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Dove was startled by Hunter’s wailing and fled to the safety of a high branch.

DOVE: That was a close one. Many thanks to your quick thinking, little friend!

ANT: You are most welcome! It was the least I could do.

Moral:

One good turn deserves another.

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