A store of honey had been found in a hollow tree, and the Wasps declared positively that it belonged to them.
A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.
A Dog, to whom the butcher had thrown a bone, was hurrying home with his prize as fast as he could go.
A Shepherd, counting his Sheep one day, discovered that a number of them were missing.
Once upon a time a severe plague raged among the animals. Many died, and those who lived were so ill, that they cared for neither food nor drink, and dragged themselves about listlessly.
One day a Stag came to a Sheep and asked her to lend him a measure of wheat.
An Eagle sat high in the branches of a great Oak. She seemed very sad and drooping for an Eagle. A Kite saw her.
A jar of honey was upset and the sticky sweetness flowed out on the table. The sweet smell of the honey soon brought a large number of Flies buzzing around.
Early one morning a hungry Wolf was prowling around a cottage at the edge of a village, when he heard a child crying in the house. Then he heard the Mother's voice say:
At a great meeting of the Animals, who had gathered to elect a new ruler, the Monkey was asked to dance.
A Porcupine was looking for a good home. At last he found a little sheltered cave, where lived a family of Snakes.
Two Men were traveling in company through a forest, when, all at once, a huge Bear crashed out of the brush near them.
One moonlight evening as Master Fox was taking his usual stroll in the woods, he saw a number of Pheasants perched quite out of his reach on a limb of a tall old tree.
A Lion had grown very old. His teeth were worn away. His limbs could no longer bear him, and the King of Beasts was very pitiful indeed as he lay gasping on the ground, about to die.
Once a Cat and a Fox were traveling together. As they went along, picking up provisions on the way—a stray mouse here, a fat chicken there—they began an argument to while away the time between bites.
A Butterfly once fell in love with a beautiful Rose. The Rose was not indifferent, for the Butterfly's wings were powdered in a charming pattern of gold and silver.
There was once a Dog who was so ill-natured and mischievous that his Master had to fasten a heavy wooden clog about his neck to keep him from annoying visitors and neighbors.
A Fox that had been caught in a trap, succeeded at last, after much painful tugging, in getting away. But he had to leave his beautiful bushy tail behind him.
An old Toad once informed all his neighbors that he was a learned doctor. In fact he could cure anything.
A Bat blundered into the nest of a Weasel, who ran up to catch and eat him. The Bat begged for his life, but the Weasel would not listen.