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(32) The vain Jackdaw

 A Jackdaw, as vain and conceited as Jackdaw could be, picked up the feathers which some Peacocks had shed, stuck them amongst his own, and despising his old companions introduced himself with the greatest assurance in to a flock of those beautiful birds. They, instantly detecting the intruder, stripped him of his borrowed plumes, and falling upon him with their beaks sent him about his business. The unlucky Jackdaw, sorely punished and deeply sorrowing, betook himself to his former companions, and would have flocked with them again as if nothing had happened. But they, recollecting what airs he had given himself, drummed him out of their society, while one of those whom he had so lately despised read him this lecture: "Had you been contented with what nature made you, you would have escaped the chastisement of your betters and also the contempt of your equals."

(31) The Frog and the Ox

 An Ox, grazing in a swampy meadow, chanced to set his foot among a parcel of young Frogs, and crushed nearly the whole brood to death. One that escaped ran off to his mother with the dreadful news; "And, O mother!," said he, "It was a beast-such a big, four-footed beast!- that did it." "Big?" quoth the old Frog, "how big? was it as big"- and she puffed herself out to a great degree-"as big as this?" "Oh!" said the little one, "a great deal bigger than that." "Well, was it so big?" and she swelled herself out yet more. "Indeed, mother, but it was; and if you were to burst yourself you would never reach half its size." Provoked at such a disparagement of her powers, the old Frog made one more trial, and burst herself indeed. Moral: So men are ruined by attempting a greatness to which they have no claim.

(30) The fisherman piping

 A Man who cared more for his notes than his nets, seeing some fish in the sea began playing on his pipe, thinking that they would jump out on shore. But finding himself disappointed he took a casting-net and enclosing a great multitude of fish drew them to land. When he saw the fish dancing and flapping about he smiled and said, "Since you would not dance when I piped, I will have none of your dancing now." Moral of this story: It is a great art to do the right thing at the right season.

(29) The Mouse and the Frog

 A Mouse on an evil day made acquaintance with a Frog, and they set off on their travels together. The Frog, on pretence of great affection, and of keeping his companion out of harm's way, tied the Mouse's fore-foot to his own hind-leg, and thus proceeded for some distance by land. Presently they came to some water, and the Frog, bidding the Mouse with good courage, began to swim across. They had scarcely, however, arrived midway when the Frog took a sudden plunge to the bottom, dragging the unfortunate Mouse after him. But the struggling and floundering of the Mouse made so great commotion in the water that is attracted the attention of a Kite, who, pouncing down, and bearing off the Mouse, carried away the Frog at the same time in his train. Moral for children: Inconsiderate and ill-matched alliances generally end in ruin; and the man who compasses the destruction of his neighbour is often caught in his own snare. Label: Stories for kids by Aesop.

(28) The Bear and the Fox

 A Bear used to boast of his excessive love for Man, saying that he never worried or mauled him when dead. The Fox observed, with a smile, "I should have thought more of your profession if you never ate him alive." Moral for kids- Better save a man from dying than save him when dead. Labels: Fables of Aesop.

(27) The Mountain in labour

 In days of yore a mighty rumbling was heard in a Mountain. It was said to be in labour, and multitudes flocked together, from far and near, to see what it would produce. After long expectations and many wise conjectures from the by-standers -out popped a Mouse! Moral: This story applies to those whose magnificent promises end in a paltry performance.

(26) The Horse and the Groom

 A Groom who used to steal and sell a Horse's corn, was yet very busy in grooming and wisping him all the day long. "If you really wish me," said the Horse, "to look well, give me less of your currying and more of your corn."