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"The Fox and the Goat"
By Aesop
One fine, hot day, Fox fell into an old abandoned well. The water was chin‐high and muddy, and
the well's walls were green with moss, much too slippery to climb. Fox being Fox, he did not
bother to worry about his fate or blame himself for being clumsy. Instead he began
immediately to scheme about how to get out of this predicament.
Before long, when Fox heard the clop‐clop of Goat passing by, he began to sing‐tra‐la‐la!‐and to
splash water about. Soon a gray nose appeared at the well's rim.
"What are you doing down there?" called Goat.
"Just cooling off," the brazen Fox said. "This water is so perfectly delicious that I may just stay
here enjoying myself all afternoon. But I'm a generous fellow, you know, and I am willing to
share the fun. Would you like to join me?"
"Gee, thanks!" said Goat. Without a second's hesitation, he jumped into the water. However,
when he stood on the bottom of the well, he regretted his hasty leap.
"Fox," he accused, "you told me it was pleasant down here!"
"You must have misunderstood me," said Fox. "But don't worry; I know how to get us out of
this place, if you like." He smiled a foxy smile. "Just stand with your front hooves against the
wall while I get up on your shoulders and climb out, and then I'll lower a rope so you can escape
as well."
"They say we goats should watch out for foxes," said Goat, "but I can't imagine why. You're so
clever!" And he did just as Fox asked him.
Fox clambered up onto Goat's shoulders and out of the well. As he stood once again in the
sunshine, he thought about lowering the well's rope, but it seemed an unnecessary bother.
Besides, he decided, that silly goat needed to learn a lesson. So Fox shook the water off, fluffed
up his fur, and off he went on his merry way.
Do you know what lesson the goat needed to learn?
Look before you leap!
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"The Fox and the Goat" – Vocabulary
Words to Know
brazen
clambered
hasty
hesitation
predicament
unnecessary
Directions: Choose the word from the box that correctly matches each definition. Write the
word. Then follow the directions in bold type.
1. a delay
Circle the last vowel.
2. a bad situation
Circle the first letter.
3. not needed
Circle no letter.
4. climbed
Circle the letter that comes first in the alphabet.
5. quick or rash
Circle the third letter.
6. bold; shameless
Circle the second vowel.
Name That Mystery Person
Directions: Rearrange the letters you circled to spell out the name of a mystery person. Write
the name in the box.
This legendary Greek slave lived around 600 BC and is said to have told many wonderful animal
fables.
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"The Fox and the Goat" – Character Traits
Character Name:
What the character
Thinks
What it tells me about the character
Says
Does
What other characters think, say, and do
What it tells me about the character
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