Baby's book of fables

Material Information

Baby's book of fables
Uniform Title:
Aesop's fables
Frederick Warne and Co ( Publisher )
Place of Publication:
London ;
New York
Frederick Warne & Co.
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
[12] p. : coll. ill. ; 33 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Fables -- 1885 ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1885
Fables ( rbgenr )
non-fiction ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
England -- London
United States -- New York -- New York
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
Cover title.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management:
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Resource Identifier:
027145151 ( ALEPH )
52934041 ( OCLC )
ALJ6639 ( NOTIS )

Full Text
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BABY'S BOOK OF FABLES.THE WOLF IN SHEPHERD'S CLOTHING.A wolf disguised himself in shepherd's clothes so well that he passed unnoticed closeto the flock. The shepherd boy and his dog were fast asleep, and the wolf might have thenseized his prey; but in his conceit he thought he could imitate the voice in which the shepherdcalled his flock, and-howled! They awoke at once, and the wolf was hanged for his pains.Deceitful people often betray themselves.THE OBSTINATE GOATS.Two goats met on opposite sides of a torrent. Only one could pass over the pole laidacross it at a time; but neither would wait for the other to pass. So they met in the middle,fought to get by, fell into the torrent, and were drowned. We should be kind and courteousto each other.THE LION AND THE MOUSE.One day some mice ran over the nose of a sleeping lion. He woke, and caught one; butit begged so hard to be let live that he set it free. Soon after, the lion was caught in a net,and roared loudly. The mouse heard him, ran, and gnawed the net till she had set the lionfree. A kind action is generally rewarded.THE OX AND THE FROG.Some young frogs told their mother that an ox which had trod on one of them was thelargest animal in the world. "I can make myself as big," she said, and the next time shemet the ox by the stream she swelled and swelled herself out till her skin burst. Do not bevain and conceited.THE FOX AND THE CROW.A crow flew up into a tree with a piece of cheese. A fox saw her and meant to get it.So he began admiring her and praising her voice, saying that he should like'to hear her sing.The crow foolishly tried, opened her beak to caw, and dropped the cheese, with which the foxat once ran away. Never listen to flattery.KING LOG AND KING STORK.The frogs asked Jupiter to give them a king. He gave them a log. King Log did nottrouble them; but they begged Jupiter to give them a more active king. He sent them astork, who began at once to eat them all up. Let well alone.THE PEACOCK'S COMPLAINT.The peacock begged Juno to give him a sweet voice like the nightingale's. But thegoddess said, "You cannot have everything. Everybody has some gift. Your feathers arevery beautiful. Be content with what you have, and you will be happy." Envy no one.The Baldwin LibrarySm Uivrity

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THE FOX AND THE GRAPES.A hungry fox once saw some fine ripe grapes growing over a cottage door. He longedfor them; but they were too high for him to reach them. He leapt up till he was tired,and then said, " Well, I shall not try again; I feel sure that those grapes are sour." He wastoo proud, to tell the truth.THE CAT, THE COCK, AND THE MOUSE." Mother," said a little mouse, " I saw just now a soft, white, kind-looking animal creepingalong. I meant to go to it and make friends; but a great, fierce bird stood close by, andgave such a dreadful shriek that I was afraid, and ran away." "Ah, child," said themother, "that kind-looking animal is a cat, who would eat you. The bird is a cock, whowould do you no harm." Never judge by appearances.THE DOG AND THE SHADOW.A dog, with a piece of meat in his mouth, was crossing a stream. He saw his shadow init, and thought that it was another dog carrying a piece of meat larger than his own. Hegreedily caught at it. Of course he dropped his own piece, which at once sank to thebottom. In trying to get more he had lost his dinner. Greedy people lose more thanthey gain.THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE.A hare and a tortoise once agreed to run a race. Everybody said the hare must win,.she runs so fast. But very often the hare stopped to chat or to play, for she felt sure thatshe would win. But the tortoise went steadily on and reached the goal first. Slow andsteady wins the race.THE WOLF AND THE LAMB.A wolf and a lamb came to drink at the same stream. The wolf wanted to quarrel, andasked the lamb why he disturbed the water and made it too muddy to drink. The lamb saidthat he could not have done that, as the stream flowed from the wolf to him. "You spokeagainst me six months ago," growled the wolf. " But I was not born then," said the lamb."Then, if it was not you, it was your father," roared the wolf; and seizing the lamb he atehim all up. Wicked people never want excuses for doing wrong.THE HORSE AND THE WOLF.A wolf, seeing a fine young horse, wished much to eat him; so he gave out that he was.a great physician and could cure all illnesses. The horse guessed the trick, and sent forDr. Wolf to extract a thorn from his foot. The wolf was glad to get hold of the foot;but when he came quite close and pretended to be looking at it, the horse gave him such a kickin the head that he stunned him, and then trotted merrily away .Beware of pretended friends.THE FOX AND THE STORK.A fox invited the stork to dinner; but, as a joke, gave him nothing to eat but soup in awide, shallow dish. Of course, the stork could only dip the point of his long bill in it. Afew days after, he invited the fox to dine with him, but put the fish into a glass vase, theneck of which was too deep for the fox to get at his food. Practical jokes are silly, and oftenrepaid to those who play them.jf /p

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