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Aesop's Fable Lesson - The Ant and the Dove


The Ant and the Dove

An Ant went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowning. A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her. The Ant climbed onto it and floated in safety to the bank. Shortly afterwards a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, and laid his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat in the branches. The Ant, perceiving his design, stung him in the foot. In pain the birdcatcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove take wing.


One good turn deserves another

Key Vocabulary Words and Phrases

bank of a river - the side of the river where you can stand
to quench your thirst - to drink when you are thirsty
on the point of - just about to do something
to drown - to die in the water because you can't swim
to overhang - to be in a position over something else
twigs - small branches usually with leaves attached
to perceive - to understand

One good turn deserves another - If someone does something to help you, you should do something to help him / her when possible.

Questions / Discussion

  • What did the Dove do for the Ant?
  • What did the Ant do for the Dove?
  • Vocabulary Building - Make a list of words related to these categories presented in the fable:

    1. water
    2. trees
    3. animals

  • Do you have any stories / fables in your culture that has a similar message? If so, try to tell the story or fable in English.
  • Tell a story of when you helped someone who helped you. Explain why.

More Aesop's Fables Lessons

The Frogs and the Well
The Ant and the Dove
The Ass and his Purchaser

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