The Ant and the Dove An Ant went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowning. 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 birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, and laid his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat in the branches. The Ant, perceiving his design, stung him in the foot. In pain the birdcatcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove take wing. Moral One good turn deserves another Key Vocabulary Words and Phrases bank of a river - the side of the river where you can stand to quench your thirst - to drink when you are thirsty on the point of - just about to do something to drown - to die in the water because you can't swim to overhang - to be in a position over something else twigs - small branches usually with leaves attached to perceive - to understand One good turn deserves another - If someone does something to help you, you should do something to help him / her when possible. Questions / Discussion What did the Dove do for the Ant? What did the Ant do for the Dove? Vocabulary Building - Make a list of words related to these categories presented in the fable: 1. water 2. trees 3. animals Do you have any stories / fables in your culture that has a similar message? If so, try to tell the story or fable in English. Tell a story of when you helped someone who helped you. Explain why.