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The Lion and the Mouse

Aesop’s Fables for ESL©

Jon Kaminer
A lion was asleep in the forest. A mouse walked around a nearby tree. He was surprised and frightened when he saw the lion. In his haste to get away, he ran across the lion’s paw. The Lion woke up, and trapped the mouse under his paw. The lion was going to eat the mouse.

“Spare me, oh King!” begged the mouse. “Please let me go! Perhaps someday I will be able to repay you.”

The lion laughed. What an idea, that a mouse could do a favor for him! He laughed again, and decided to be kind. He let the mouse go.
A few weeks later, some hunters caught the lion in a net. The hunters left to get a cart to put the lion in. The lion could not free himself. He roared in anger.
The mouse was nearby and heard the lion. The mouse went to the net and began to gnaw. Soon the mouse was able to gnaw a hole so that the lion could escape.
Moral #1: A kindness is never wasted.
Moral #2: Even small friends can be great friends.

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