The Fox and the Stork

The Fox and the Stork

A cunning fox lived in a picturesque forest where the leaves were always rustling gently in the wind. The fox was known for his pranks. One day, he had a particularly mischievous idea. He decided to invite his friend, the stork, to an elaborate dinner party to play a trick on him.

“Come to dinner,” the fox called to the stork as he strutted through the forest. “I’m preparing an exquisite multi-course meal just for you!” 

The stork, known for being polite, accepted the invitation with a smile.

That evening, the stork went to the fox’s house. The fox had set a festive table and proudly presented the first course: a delicious, fragrant soup. But instead of deep bowls, there were only shallow plates. The fox lapped up his soup with relish while the stork tried in vain to scoop some up with his long beak.

Next, the fox served a fine porridge, again on a flat plate. The stork pecked and pecked, but could hardly eat a thing. The fox giggled quietly, enjoying his meal while watching the stork.

The stork was disappointed, but he remained good natured. 

“Thank you for the meal,” he said kindly. “I’d like to invite you to my place tomorrow. I’ll cook for us!”

The next evening, the fox visited the stork. He was looking forward to a delicious meal. To his surprise, the stork presented all the food in tall, narrow vases. The stork could easily reach the food with his long beak, while the fox could only look on helplessly.

Now the fox understood how the stork had felt. Ashamed and with a growling stomach, he watched as the stork enjoyed his meal. He realized that what he had done was not nice.

What is the moral of The Fox and the Stork?
This story shows us how important it is to treat others with respect and kindness. The fox learned that you shouldn’t play with other people’s feelings and that it’s important to consider another person’s perspective in order to understand how they feel. This story also reminds us to treat others the way we would like to be treated.
What do you think?
From your point of view, what is the moral of this fable? Let us know in the comments!

Note: This story is based on Aesop’s fable, written around 600 BC. It was modernized and illustrated by us.

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