The Crow and Pitcher
A crow dying from thirst saw a tall pitcher and hoping to find water, flew to it eagerly.
When he reached it, however, he discovered to this great distress that it contained so little water that he could not possibly reach it with his hort beack.
He tried everything he could think of get at the water, but all his efforts were in vain.
At last he had an idea. Collecting many stones as he could carry, he bropped them one by one into the pitcher until he raised the water to the brim of the vessel, from which he could now drink in comfort.
“Necessity is the mother of invention”
The Bee and The Dove
One summer day, a little bee felt thirsty. It flew to a stream to drink water.
In a hurry, it fell into the stream.
The current in the stream was too strong for the bee. It tried to hold on something or it will get drown.
The bee found nothing to hold on and let itself flow with the current.
At that moment, there was a dove flew to the stream to drink water. As she came down, the dove saw the bee wearily struggled in the stream.
The king dove hurriedly flew to pick a leaf and dropped it into the river. The bee caught the leaf and climbed on it.
“Thank you very much for saving my life, I will never forget,” the little bee told the dove.
Some days later, while the little bee was looking for food, it saw a hunter aiming his arrow at something.
Then it saw the kind dove sitting on a branch of tree. The bee immediately stung the hunter’s hand making the crossbow fall of his hand.
The dove was out of danger because of the bee whom she had saved his life.
From that day, both became closed friends and helped each other ever after.
“One who does good will receive good in return.”
The Ass Loaded with Salt
There was once a huckster who kept an ass, and when he heard that some cheap salt was being sold at the seaside, he drove his ass there to buy some.
After having loaded the ass with as much salt as it could carry, the huckster drove him home alongside a slippery ledge of rock, until the ass accidentally fell into the river below. When the salt dissolved, the ass was relieved of his burden so that he reached the bank with ease. Then he continued his journey, light in body and spirit.
Sometime later, the huckster set off for the seashore for some more salt and loaded the ass, if possible, with even more salt than before. On their way home, they crossed the river into which the ass had previously fallen, and this time he slipped into the water on purpose. Once again the salt dissolved, and the ass was relieved of his load.
Disturbed by the loss of the salt, the huckster tried to think of a way to cure his ass from performing this trick. So, on his next journey to the coast, he placed a load of sponges on the beast. When they arrived at the same river as before, the ass was up to his old tricks and rolled himself into the water. But the sponges became soaking wet, and the ass discovered to his dismay that his burden had doubled its weight instead of getting lighter.
“The same ploy will not suit all circumstances.”
The Piglet, the Sheep, and the Goat
A young pig was shut up in a fold-yard with a goat and a sheep. On one occasion when the shepherd laid hold of him, he grunted and squeaked and resisted violently.
The sheep and the goat complained of his distressing cries, saying,
‘He often handles us, and we do not cry out.’
The pig replied,
‘Your handling and mine are very different things. He catches you only for your wool, or your milk, but he lays hold on me for my very life.’
‘Don’t compare another’s troubles to your own.’
The Goose and The Stork
There were a goose and a stork living at a big pond. They were close friends and always looked for food together.
One day while the two birds were walking along the pond, there was a heron flying passed them. ‘Friends, there is another pond over there. It is full of shrimps, shells, crabs and fish,’ said the heron.
So, the goose and the stork flew to the pond which the heron had told them about. At the pond, there was really a lot of food.
The goose ate a lot of food while the stork ate just enough to fill himself. ‘We rarely find a place which is full of food like this. Why do you eat so little?’ the goose asked his friend. Oh, I’m full. If I eat too much, I’m afraid that I cannot fly back,’ answered the stork.
‘But I can eat a lot more,’ the goose said and went on eating. At the moment, there was a hunter who came by and saw the two birds. The hunter immediately aimed his arrow at the goose and the stork. By chance, the stork saw the hunter. It cried out to warn the goose before it flew away. The goose who had eaten too much could not fly. It was finally shot by the hunter.
“Greediness may lead to dangers”
The Two Frogs
Two frogs dwelt in the same pool. When the pool dried up under the summer’s heat, they left it and set out together for another home.
As they went along they chanced to pass a deep well, amply supplied with water, and when they saw it, one of the Frogs said to the other, ‘Let us descend and make our abode in this well: it will furnish us with shelter and food.
“The other replied with greater caution, ‘But suppose the water should fail us. How can we get out again from so great a depth?”
“A willful man will have his own way to his own hurt.”