1．The Thirsty Pigeon 口渴的鸽子
A pigeon oppressed by excessive thirst saw a goblet of water painted on a signboard. Not supposing it to be only a picture she flew towards it with a loud whir and unwittingly dashed against the signboard jarring herself terribly. Having broken her wings by the blow she fell to the ground and was caught by one of the bystanders. Zeal should not outrun discretion.
2.The Raven and the Swan 乌鸦和天鹅
A raven saw a Swan and desired to secure for himself the same beautiful plumage. Supposing that the Swan’s splendid white color arose from his washing in the water in which he swam the Raven left the altars in the neighborhood where he picked up his living and took up residence in the lakes and pools. But cleansing his feathers as often as he would he could not change their color while through want of food he perished. Change of habit cannot alter Nature.
3.The Goat and the Goatherd 山羊与牧羊人
A Goatherd had sought to bring back a stray goat to his flock. He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attention to the summons. At last the Goatherd threw a stone and breaking its horn begged the Goat not to tell his master. The Goat replied “Why you silly fellow the horn will speak though I be silent.” Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid.
4．The Miser 守财奴
A miser sold all that he had and bought a lump of gold which he buried in a hole in the ground by the side of an old wall and went to look at daily. One of his workmen observed his frequent visits to the spot and decided to watch his movements. He soon discovered the secret of the hidden treasure and digging down came to the lump of gold and stole it. The Miser on his next visit found the hole empty and began to tear his hair and to make loud lamentations. A neighbor seeing him overcome with grief and learning the cause said “Pray do not grieve so; but go and take a stone and place it in the hole and fancy that the gold is still lying there. It will do you quite the same service; for when the gold was there you had it not as you did not make the slightest use of it.”
5．The Wolf and the Lamb 狼与小羊
Wolf meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold resolved not to lay violent hands on him but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him：”Sirrah last year you grossly insulted me.” “Indeed” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice “I was not then born.” Then said the Wolf “You feed in my pasture.” “No good sir” replied the Lamb “I have not yet tasted grass.” Again said the Wolf “You drink of my well. ” “No” exclaimed the Lamb “I never yet drank water for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up saying “Well! I won’t remain supperless even though you refute every one of my imputations.” The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
6．The Bat and the Weasels 蝙蝠与黄鼠狼
A bat who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused saying that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. The Bat assured him that he was not a bird but a mouse and thus was set free. Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel whom he likewise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice. The Bat assured him that he was not a mouse but a bat and thus a second time escaped. It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.
7、The Ass 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.
8、The Lion and the Mouse 狮子与报恩的老鼠
A lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily he caught him and was about to kill him when the Mouse piteously entreated saying: “If you would only spare my life I would be sure to repay your kindness.” The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The Mouse recognizing his roar came and gnawed the rope with his teeth and set him free exclaiming: “You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help youexpecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion.”
9.Look for a Friend 找朋友
Sam is a little fish. He lives in the sea. He is very lonely. He wants to have a friend. The friend looks like him. Sam sees an ink fish. The ink fish has eight legs. He doesn’t look like Sam. So Sam goes away. Sam meets a shark. He wants to say hello to the shark. The shark opens his big mouth. Sam runs away quickly. Sam is tired and hungry. He wants to have a rest. Then he sees a round fish. She says to him. “Hello! Would you like to be my friend?” Sam answers: “Of course! But you are sound. I am flat.” The round fish days: “But we are both fishes.”Sam thinks and says “You are right. Let’s be friends.” They become good friends.
10.The Good Apples 好苹果
A man was going to the house of some rich person. As he went along the road he saw a box of good apples at the side of the road. He said “I do not want to eat those apples; for the rich man will give me much food; he will give me very nice food to eat.” Then he took the apples and threw them away into the dust. He went on and came to a river. The river had become very big; so he could not go over it. He waited for some time; then he said “I cannot go to the rich man’s house today for I cannot get over the river.” He began to go home. He had eaten no food that day. He began to want food. He came to the apples and he was glad to take them out of the dust and eat them. Do not throw good things away; you may be glad to have them at some other time.