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Aesop's three fables

Text of Aesop's Fables

  • pictures by sergio fernandes

    the lion and the mouse the ants and the grasshopper the dog and the shadow

    . .

  • pictures by sergio fernandes

    art direction by laura cortes

  • First published in 2012

    by Simply Read Books

    Characters, set design, art direction, and diaramas

    by Laura Cortes

    Illustrations by Srgio Fernandes

    Colour separations by Scanlab

    2012 Laura Cortes & Srgio Fernandes

    Printed and bound in Italy by Grafiche AZ, Veron

    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may

    be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted,

    in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,

    photocopying, recording or otherwise, without written

    permission of the publisher.

    Cataloguing in Publication Data

    Cortes, Laura 1988-.

    Aesops Fables/Laura Cortes, Srgio Fernandes

    ISBN 0-9688768-9-7

    PS8576.I8865S96 2003 jC813.6 C2002-911364-4 PZ7.M6949Su 2003


    Robin Mirchell for providing guidance to the project

  • the ants and the grasshopper

    the lion and the mouse

    the dog and the shadow



  • The lion and the mouse

    The ants and the grasshopper

    The dog and the shadow







  • The lion and the mouse

  • A Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face.

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    Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying:

  • If you would only spare my

    life, I would be sure to repay

    your kindness.

  • 17. .

  • The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by st ropes to the ground.

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    The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaim

  • 23. .

    You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; I now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion.

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  • The dog and the shadow

  • 29. .

    A Dog, crossing a bridge over a stream with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water and took it for that of another dog, with a piece of meat double his own size.

  • He immediately let go of his own, and fiercely attacked the other Dog to get his larger piece from him.

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    He thus lost both: that which whe grasped at in the water, because it was a shadow; and his own, because the stream swept it away.

  • Moral

  • 37. .

  • The ants and the grasshopper

  • The Ants were spending a fine winters day drying grain collected in the summertime.

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    A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food.

  • 45. .

    Why did you not treasure

    up food during the summer?

    The Ants inquired of him,

  • 47. .

    He replied, I had not leisure enough.

    I passed the days in singing.

  • 49. .

    If you were foolish enough to sing

    all the summer, you must dance

    supperless to bed in the winter.

    They then said in derision:

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  • The end