The Fox and the Crow

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The Fox and the Crow

A Crow, having stolen a piece of cheese, sat in a tree and held it in her beak. A hungry Fox, seeing this, envied the crow and wished to have the meat for himself. So he came up with a cunning plan.

“How gracious you are,” he exclaimed, “how beautifully your feathers shine! Oh, if only your voice were equal to your beauty, you would deserve to be called the Queen of Birds!”
The Crow was really flattered by these words, so, anxious to be called the Queen of Birds, she gave a loud caw and dropped the cheese. The Fox quickly picked it up, and thus addressed the Crow:
“My dear Crow, you have a nice voice, indeed, but I’m afraid you have no wits.”

cunning: astuto

deserve: meritare

flattered: lusingato

caw: gracchiare

wits: senno


• Fox; Crow



• Cunning

• Pride


• Don’t trust people who flatter you, particularly

if you have something that they want

Pride comes before a fall

Understanding, interpreting and

responding to texts:

• How does the fox know that there is some

cheese around?

• Why doesn’t the crow come down from the

tree when asked to by the fox?

• Why does the fox say that the cheese is


• How does the crow know that the fox is lying

about the cheese being mouldy?

• What makes the crow drop the cheese?

• Why doesn’t the fox want the crow to sing

after all?

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