The fox and the stork fable

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the fox and the stork fable

The Fox and the Stork by Gerald McDermott

Title: The Fox and the Stork
Author: Gerald McDermott
Genre: Fable
Theme(s): Sharing, Learning Lessons, Animals
Opening line/sentence:
Long ago, there was a fox who lived in the forest.
Brief Book Summary:
When Fox tries to play a trick on his friend Stork, while eating dinner one night, he gets the trickery right back. After he is sad about the way that the trick made him feel, he learns his lesson and the two eat in harmony.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Carolyn Phelan (Booklist)
This well-illustrated book from the Green Light Reader series retells the fable of the fox and the stork. When Fox invites Stork to dinner, he serves soup in a dish so shallow that Stork cannot eat from it. Stork retaliates by inviting Fox for soup served in a jar so tall that he cannot reach into it. Finally, Fox learns “that being kind to others is the right thing to do.” The characters and setting glow with colors in McDermott’s slightly stylized illustrations. Accessible, satisfying fare for young readers.
Professional Recommendation/Review #2:
Fox invites Stork to share his soup, but he serves it on a shallow plate from which she cannot drink. Stork, however, turns the tables on him and serves soup in a tall jar accessible only to her long beak. The moral: being kind to others is the right thing to do. The simple but expressive illustrations are a good accompaniment to this retelling of an old fable.
Response to Two Professional Reviews:
Both reviews give a fine summary of the story’s tale. They both talk about the simplistic drawings that are not too distracting for early readers. They talk about how the retelling of the classic fable was executed nicely and both reiterate the lesson learned.
Evaluation of Literary Elements:
This book does not have distracting illustrations or fonts. The font is simple and black for young readers and the pictures are colorful and expressive, yet tame. This keeps the focus child, so that they can get the most out of the story.
Consideration of Instructional Application:
This book is obviously meant to help early readers with reading. However, it also tells a powerful lesson. This tale can be used with a set of other fables to teach students morals. It can after be used to guide children in writing their own fables.
File Name: the fox and the stork
Size: 61338 Kb
Published 20.12.2018

The Fox and the Stork - Aesop's Fables - PINKFONG Story Time for Children

The Fox and The Stork

Illustrations from various online websites: myfolkelore. There once was a fox who lived near a farm. Fox and the farmer were enemies. Early one morning Fox heard a cart trundling down the road. He noticed that Farmer and his wife were leaving their home. Knowing their home would be empty, fox quickly scampered to their house. A delicious smell filled his nostrils!

A fox and stork trade suppers in dishes the other has a hard time using. One bad turn deserves another. Aesop For Children. The Fox one day thought of a plan to amuse himself at the expense of the Stork, at whose odd appearance he was always laughing. The Stork gladly accepted the invitation and arrived in good time and with a very good appetite. For dinner the Fox served soup. But it was set out in a very shallow dish, and all the Stork could do was to wet the very tip of his bill.

THE FOX AND THE STORK. The Fox one day thought of a plan to amuse himself at the expense of the Stork, at whose odd appearance he was always laughing.
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The Fox and the Stork

Write a review. Currently unavailable on this website., Once upon a time, there lived in a jungle a cunning fox and a good natured stork. They both were neighbours.

A fox one day invited a stork to dinner, and being disposed to divert himself at the expense of his guest, provided nothing for the entertainment but some thin soup in a shallow dish. This the fox lapped up very readily, while the stork, unable to gain a mouthful with her long narrow bill, was as hungry at the end of dinner as when she began. The fox meanwhile professed his regret at seeing her eat so sparingly and feared that the dish was not seasoned to her mind. The stork said little, but begged that the fox would do her the honor of returning her visit. Accordingly he agreed to dine with her on the following day. He arrived true to his appointment and the dinner was ordered forthwith. When the meal was served up, the fox found to his dismay that it was contained in a narrow-necked vessel, down which the stork readily thrust her long neck and bill, while he was obliged to content himself with licking the neck of the jar.

Design par DJI 50 visiteurs actuellement sur le site , pages vues. The fare was light, was nothing, sooth to say, Requiring knife and fork. That sly old gentleman, the dinner-giver, Was, you must understand, a frugal liver. This once, at least, the total matter Was thinnish soup served on a platter, For madam's slender beak a fruitless puzzle, Till all had pass'd the fox's lapping muzzle. But, little relishing his laughter, Old gossip Stork, some few days after, Return'd his Foxship's invitation. Without a moment's hesitation, He said he'd go, for he must own he Ne'er stood with friends for ceremony. And so, precisely at the hour, He hied him to the lady's bower; Where, praising her politeness, He finds her dinner right nice.

The Fox and the Stork , also known as The Fox and the Crane , is one of Aesop's fables and is first recorded in the collection of Phaedrus. It is numbered in the Perry Index. A fox invites the stork to eat with him and provides soup in a bowl, which the fox can lap up easily; however, the stork cannot drink it with its beak. The stork then invites the fox to a meal, which is served in a narrow-necked vessel. It is easy for the stork to access but impossible for the fox. The moral drawn is that the trickster must expect trickery in return and that the golden rule of conduct is for one to do to others what one would wish for oneself. The fable has been illustrated since the Middle Ages in Europe.


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  2. Naomi C. says:

    One bad turn deserves another. A fox and stork trade suppers in dishes the other has a hard time using.

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