The Lion and the Mouse

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.   ‘Pardon, O King,’ cried the little Mouse: ‘forgive me this time, I shall...

The Fox and the Crow

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree.   ‘That’s for me, as I am a Fox,’ said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.   ‘Good-day, Mistress Crow,’ he cried. ‘How well you...

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Now you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin in the country.   He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had...

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher

Once upon a time there was a frog called Mr. Jeremy Fisher; he lived in a little damp house amongst the buttercups at the edge of a pond. The water was all slippy-sloppy in the back passage. But Mr. Jeremy liked getting his feet wet; nobody ever scolded him, and he...

How the Whale Got His Throat

In the sea, once upon a time, Ô my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the dace, and the skate and his mate, and the mackereel and the pickereel, and the really truly...