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THE WOLF AND THE KID

Aesop Fable with a Moral


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here was once a little Kid whose growing horns made him think he was a grown-up Billy Goat and able to take care of himself. So one evening when the flock started home from the pasture and his mother called, the Kid paid no heed and kept right on nibbling the tender grass. A little later when he lifted his head, the flock was gone. He was all alone. The sun was sinking. Long shadows came creeping over the ground. A chilly little wind came creeping with them making scary noises in the grass. The Kid shivered as he thought of the terrible Wolf. Then he started wildly over the field, bleating for his mother. But not half-way, near a clump of trees, there was the Wolf! The Kid knew there was little hope for him. "Please, Mr. Wolf," he said trembling, "I know you are going to eat me. But first please pipe me a tune, for I want to dance and be merry as long as I can." The Wolf liked the idea of a little music before eating, so he struck up a merry tune and the Kid leaped and frisked gaily. Meanwhile, the flock was moving slowly homeward. In the still evening air the Wolf's piping carried far. The Shepherd Dogs pricked up their ears. They recognized the song the Wolf sings before a feast, and in a moment they were racing back to the pasture. The Wolf's song ended suddenly, and as he ran, with the Dogs at his heels, he called himself a fool for turning piper to please a Kid, when he should have stuck to his butcher's trade.



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And The Moral Of The Story Is ...

Do not let anything turn you from your purpose.

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Aesop Factoids

  • No writing by Aesop have survived, so it is not known for sure if Aesop actually wrote his fables or only recounted them orally. However, there are ancient accounts of others calling him a writer of fables and having read Aesop fables.
  • It is likely that Aesop died in Delphi, which matches the mythical account of his death at the hands of the Delphians.
  • Aesop was a slave by birth and was owned by two masters in succession. His second master gave him his freedom as a reward for his learning and intelligence.

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