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The Dog and the Shadow – English Fairy Tale

Published on December 7th, 2020 | Last updated on July 22nd, 2022 by | Category: English Short Stories | No Comments on The Dog and the Shadow – English Fairy Tale | 108 Views | Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Dog and the Shadow

The Dog and the Shadow – learn English with fairy tales from Aesop’s fables with a podcast, list of useful words and phrases, illustrated flashcards and text-to-speech, ideal for young learners and beginners.

A DOG, crossing a bridge over a stream with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water and took it for that of another Dog, with a piece of meat double his own in size. He immediately let go of his own, and fiercely attacked the other Dog to get his larger piece from him. He thus lost both: that which he grasped at in the water, because it was a shadow; and his own, because the stream swept it away.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

New words and expressions

  1. Flesh: meat
  2. Stream: river
  3. Fiercely: angrily
  4. Grasped: held, gripped
  5. Swept away: took away, brushed away, snatched

About The Dog and the Shadow

The Dog and Its Reflection (or Shadow in later translations) is one of Aesop’s Fables and is numbered 133 in the Perry Index. The Greek language original was retold in Latin and in this way was spread across Europe, teaching the lesson to be contented with what one has and not to relinquish substance for shadow. There also exist Indian variants of the story. The morals at the end of the fable have provided both English and French with proverbs and the story has been applied to a variety of social situations.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

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