The ant and the grasshopper

It was a hot summer day. A grasshopper was lying in the shade, relaxing from the heat of the sun when an ant passed by. The ant was dragging a huge seed in order to store it for the winter...

The ass carrying the image

A sacred Image was being carried to the temple. It was mounted on an Ass adorned with garlands and gorgeous trappings, and a grand procession of priests and pages followed it through the streets...

The Ass and the Load of Salt

A Merchant, driving his Ass homeward from the seashore with a heavy load of salt, came to a river crossed by a shallow ford...

The Lion and the Gnat

"Away with you, vile insect!" said a Lion angrily to a Gnat that was buzzing around his head...

The Leap at Rhodes

A certain man who visited foreign lands could talk of little when he returned to his home except the wonderful adventures he had met with and the great deeds he had done abroad...

The Cock and the Jewel

A Cock was busily scratching and scraping about to find something to eat for himself and his family...

The Monkey and the Camel

At a great celebration in honor of King Lion, the Monkey was asked to dance for the company....

The Ass, the Fox and the Lion

An Ass and a Fox had become close comrades, and were constantly in each other's company. While the Ass cropped a fresh bit of greens, the Fox would devour a chicken from the neighboring farmyard or a bit of cheese filched from the dairy...

The Ants and the Grasshopper

One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine...

A Raven and a Swan

A Raven, which you know is black as coal, was envious of the Swan, because her feathers were as white as the purest snow...

The Birds, the Beasts and the Bat

The Birds and the Beasts declared war against each other. No compromise was possible, and so they went at it tooth and claw. It is said the quarrel grew out of the persecution the race of Geese suffered at the teeth of the Fox family...

The Lion, the Bear and the Fox

Just as a great Bear rushed to seize a stray kid, a Lion leaped from another direction upon the same prey...