1、The cage bird and the bat金丝雀与蝙蝠
A bird was confined in a cage outside a window. She often sang at night when all other birds were asleep.
One night a bat came. He asked the bird why she was silent by day and sang only at night.
The bird answered, “Last year when I was singing in the daytime, a bird catcher heard my voice and caught me in his net.Since then I have never sung by day.”
The bat replied, “But it is useless to do this now that you have bee a prisoner.” Then he flew away.
2、the wind and the sun风和太阳
One day the wind said to the sun,“Look at that man walking along the road. I can get his cloak off more quickly than you can.”
“We will see about that,” said the sun. “I will let you try first.”
So the wind tried to make the man take off his cloak. He blew and blew, but the man only pulled his cloak more closely around himself.
“I give up,” said the wind at last. “I cannot get his cloak off.” Then the sun tried. He shone as hard as he could. The man soon became hot and took off his cloak.
3、The crow and the pitcher口渴的乌鸦
A crow felt very thirsty. He looked for water everywhere. Finally, he found a pitcher.
But there was not a lot of water in the pitcher. His beak could not reach it. He tried again and again, but still could not touch the water.
When he was about to give up, an idea came to him. He took a pebble and dropped it into the pitcher. Then he took another and dropped it in.
Gradually, the water rose, and the crow was able to drink the water.
4、The Fox and the Crow狐狸和乌鸦
A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree. ‘That’s for me, as I am a Fox,’ said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.
‘Good-day, Mistress Crow,’ he cried. ‘How well you are looking to-day: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds.’
The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox. ‘That will do,’ said he. ‘That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future .’Do not trust flatterers.
5、The Old Cat老猫
An old woman had a cat. The cat was very old; she could not run quickly, and she could not bite, because she was so old. One day the old cat saw a mouse; she jumped and caught the mouse. But she could not bite it; so the mouse got out of her mouth and ran away, because the cat could not bite it.
Then the old woman became very angry because the cat had not killed the mouse. She began to hit the cat. The cat said, “Do not hit your old servant. I have worked for you for many years, and I would work for you still, but I am too old. Do not be unkind to the old, but remember what good work the old did when they were young.”
6、A tail-lost fox断尾的狐狸
A fox’s tail was caught in a trap。 When he was trying to release himself， he lost his whole tail except the stump。
At first he was ashamed to see the other foxes because he had no tail， but he was determined to face his misfortune。 He called all the foxes to a meeting。
When they had gotten together， the fox said that they should all do away with their tails。
He said that their tails were very inconvenient when they met with their enemies。
He did not talk about any advantages of the tail。 “You are right，” said one of the older foxes， “but I don’t think you would advise us to do away with our tails if you hadn’t lost it yourself first。”
7、Fox and cock狐狸和公鸡
One morning a fox sees a cock.He think,”This is my breakfast.”He comes up to the cock and says,”I know you can sing very well.Can you sing for me?”The cock is glad.He closes his eyes and begins to sing.
The fox sees that and caches him in his mouth and carries him away. The people in the field see the fox.They cry,”Look,look!The fox is carrying the cock away.”The cock says to the fox,”Mr Fox,do you understand?The people say you are carrying their cock away.Tell them it is yours.Not theirs.”
The fox opens his mouth ang says,”The cock is mine,not yours.”Just then the cock runs away from the fox and flies into the tree.
8、The donkey and the grasshopper驴子与蚱蜢
An ass having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on to give them such beautiful voices. They replied, “The dew.” The Ass resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in a short time died of hunger.
9、Kangaroos and cages袋鼠和笼子
One day the staff members of a zoo called a meeting to discuss the problem–how to deal with the kangaroos that were found out of the cage. They came to the conclusion that the cage was placed too low and decided to raise it from one to two meters high.
But the next day the kangaroos were still at large and they again raised the cage to three meters.Quite beyond their expectation the next morning they saw the kangaroos still free to go about.
They were alarmed and determined to go to all the length by raising the cage to the height of ten meters.Later a giraffe, while chatting with some kangaroos, asked them, “Do you think they will go on raising your cage?”
“Hard to say,” said a kangaroo, “if they continue forgetting to fasten the cage door.”
10、Piggy Moving Watermelon小猪噜噜搬西瓜
In spring, the mother pig took the little pig LuLu to the foot of the mountain. They planted some watermelon.When summer came, there were many big round watermelons in the field.
One day, the sun was burning like a fire, it was terribly hot on the ground. The mother pig said to the little pig:”Lulu, go to the field to pick a watermelon back,ok?” Lulu said happily:”Ok! No problem.”Then he ran to the watermelon field. When he got to the field,
he was happy to find so many big green watermelons. He chose one of the biggest watermelon and picked it from the vine. Then he held it with his hands trying to lift is on his shoulder to carry it home.”Wow!It’s so heavy!” Lulu tried several times, but he failed.
And he was socked with sweat. He wiped his sweat off and decided to have a rest.Suddenly he saw the monkey Pipi. He was playing with a hoop. Lulu patted his head and said:”I’ve got it.” He thought,the round hoop can roll, the watermelon round too,then it can roll too.
He then put the big melon on the ground and rolled it forward quickly.At last he got home with the watermelon.The mother pig knew the story, she exclaimed:”My child, you’re really clever!”