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The Ant and the Dove

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Aesop's fables are a collection of fables believed to have been written by the Greek storyteller Aesop. Aesop lived over 2000 and his many fables are known throughout the world.

The main characters in these stories, and in all fables, are animals they teach us a moral lesson.

Aesop's Fable: The Ant and the Dove

A parched ant went down to the riverbank to quench its thirst. As it leaned over to take a drink it fell in and was quickly carried away by the river’s fast current. Soon, it was almost drowning.  A dove sitting on a tree branch near the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the river close to the ant. 

The ant climbed onto the leaf and floated safely to the riverbank.  Not long afterwards, a man came and stood under the tree.  He wanted to catch the dove, so he laid a trap for it.

Guessing what the man wanted to do, the ant bit him on the foot. In pain, the man stumbled and knocked over the trap. The noise made the dove take flight, so it was safe.

Comprehesion Questions

Answers these 10 questions. Leave your answers in the comments area. Click on Answer Key to read our answers.

  1. Why did the ant go down to the river?
  2. What happened to the ant?
  3. What does it mean to be parched?
  4. What kind of danger was the ant in?
  5. How did the dove help the ant?
  6. Where was the dove when it helped the ant?
  7. How did the ant save the dove?
  8. What’s the moral of the story?
  9. What did the man do to catch the dove?
  10. What happened to the man at the end?

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