The Wolf and the Crane – Aesop’s Fables and Short stories for Children

The Wolf and the Crane – Aesop’s Fables and Short stories for Children

This children’s short story is called “The Wolf and the Crane”. It is a famous Aesop’s Fables children’s story which talks about a greedy wolf and a crane who is very silly and does not know about the world.

 

The short story

Once upon a time, there was a very wicked wolf. The wolf was eating a large fish. In its greed, it ate a large bone. The bone was very sharp and it got stuck in its throat. The wolf howled in pain.

“Oh the bone hurts so much. What should I do to get it out? Maybe I should cough?” he thought.

He tried to cough and get it out.

“Cough!! Cough!!” he loudly coughed. But the bone did not move and was still in his throat.

“Oh the bone hurts so much. What should I do to get it out? Maybe I should drink water?” he thought.

He gulped down a lot of water.

“Gulp!! Gulp!!” he drank the water. But the bone did not move and was still in his throat.

“Oh the bone hurts so much. What should I do to get it out? Maybe I should eat some more?” he thought.

He ate one more piece of fish.

“Crunch!! Crunch!!” he ate the fish. But the bone did not move and was still in his throat.

“Oh the bone hurts so much. What should I do to get it out? I need help” he thought.

He walked around and saw a crane. He saw that the crane had a very long neck and a very long beak.

“If the crane puts its beak and head down my throat, it can take out the bone” thought the wolf. The wolf went to the crane and spoke to it.

“Mrs Crane. A piece of bone is stuck to my throat. Can you please help me out? I will reward you very well.”

The crane knew the wolf was wicked but she was greedy. She thought to herself “But I want the reward so much. Maybe the wolf will give me so many fish that I don’t need to hunt ever again”

“Of course, Mr Wolf. I shall help you”, said the crane and reached down his throat and pulled the bone out. The wolf was very happy and thanked the crane.

“Thank you Mrs. Crane. I shall be leaving now”, he said walking away.

“But you promised me a reward Mr Wolf”, said the greedy crane.

The wolf turned and growled at the crane.

“Reward? Did I not give you your reward already? I did not eat you when you put your head down my throat. Don’t you think that is a good reward?”

Saying so, the wolf walked away and the crane learnt a lesson.

 

The moral of the wolf and the crane story:

The moral of the “Wolf and The crane” story is: Expect no reward for serving the wicked.

 

Questions and Answers on the wolf and the crane story

Questions

  1. What got stuck in the wolf’s throat?
  2. What did the wolf try to do to relieve his pain? 
  3. What reward did the wolf give the crane?
  4. What is the moral of the story?

Answers

  1. A bone got stuck in the wolf’s throat.
  2. The wolf drank water and tried to cough.
  3. The wolf said that he did not eat the crane and that is the reward.
  4. The moral of the story is that you should not help wicked people and then expect them to reward you.

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