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Morals for kids – Aesop’s Fables – The Fox And The Crane

Always listen and respond.

Narrator:

Once upon a time, there was a Fox and a Stork who were very good friends. One day the Fox invited the Stork to dinner.

Fox: Would you like to come to dinner?

Stork: Sure. What will you cook?

Fox: It will be a surprise!

Stork: When and at what time shall I come?

Fox: How about tomorrow night at seven?

Stork: Sounds good to me. See you tomorrow.

Fox: See you… and be on time!

Stork: I will!

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Narrator:

The next day the Stork arrived on time at Fox`s house.

Fox: Hello! Come and sit down… dinner is ready.

Stork: Tell me…what did you cook?

Fox: I cooked a delicious soup…I`m sure you will like it!

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But when the Stork sat down at the table, the fox served the soup in a very shallow dish.

Fox: What`s wrong?

Stork: It`s just that I can`t eat it with my long break.

Fox: Oh? Well at least you can wet the end of your long bill in it, right?

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Stork: Well… yes, but… never mind…anyway I hope you will return this visit, and come and dine with me soon.

Fox: Of course I will.

Stork: How about tomorrow night?

Fox: I`ll be there!

Narrator:

So that night the Stork went home hungry. The next day the Fox showed up on time at the Stork´s home.

Stork: Come in, my good friend… I was expecting you.

Fox: What did you cook?

Stork: Since you are my special host, I cooked your favorite food… a delicious soup!

Fox: Oh?

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Stork: Sure… come and sit down… dinner is served.

Narrator:

But the Fox was surprised to see that the soup was served in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth.

Fox: The soup indeed looks delicious, but my good friend… I can`t even insert my snout in this jar!

Stork: Oh? Well at least you can lick the outside of the jar, right?

Fox: Well… yes… but… never mind.

Stork: Listen, my good friend, I am not sorry to say this… but one bad turn deserves another.

Moral:

Understanding is essential in every matter.

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