The Ant and the Dove

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Fables , Classics
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This Aesop's fable tells the story of a thirsty ant who falls in the river while getting a drink. A dove saves the ant by dropping a leaf into the river, which carries the ant to safety. The ant has a chance to repay the dove's kindness when a bird catcher sets a trap to capture the dove. The ant stings the bird catcher and warns the dove, who flies away freely. The moral of the story is that one good turn deserves another.

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Gratitude/Thankful , Cause and Effect

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An Ant went to the bank of a river
to quench its thirst.
As it drank, it fell and was carried
away by the rush of the stream.
The little ant was tossed around
in the current and was about
to drown when a Dove sitting
on a tree overhanging the water
plucked a leaf and let it fall into
the stream close to her.
The Ant climbed onto it and floated
in safety to the bank.
Shortly afterwards a bird-catcher
came and stood under the tree,
laying his trap for the Dove that sat
in the branches.
The Ant saw the trap and stung
the bird-catcher in the foot.
The bird-catcher held his foot in
pain and hopped up and down
on the other, but he bumped into
the trunk of the tree he stood under
and startled the Dove.
Frightened, the Dove flew away.
The Ant had repaid the Dove’s
kindness, proving that one good
turn deserves another.

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  • Based on the story by: Aesop
  • Illustrated by: Laura Gonzalez


  • Narrator: Sanjay Suri