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the lion and the mouse . the ants and the grasshopper .

´ pictures by sergio fernandes

the dog and the shadow

art direction by laura cortes

´ pictures by sergio fernandes

First published in 2012 by Simply Read Books Characters, set design, art direction, and diaramas by Laura Cortes Illustrations by Sérgio Fernandes Colour separations by Scanlab ©2012 Laura Cortes & Sérgio Fernandes Printed and bound in Italy by Grafiche AZ, Veron All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. Cataloguing in Publication Data Cortes, Laura 1988-. Aesop’s Fables/Laura Cortes, Sérgio Fernandes ISBN 0-9688768-9-7

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WE WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK Robin Mirchell for providing guidance to the project

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the lion and the mouse . the dog and the shadow . the ants and the grasshopper


he lion and the mouse



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he ants and the grasshopper . 39

The lion and the mouse


Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face.

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ising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying:

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If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.

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he Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by st ropes to the ground.

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he Mouse, recognizing his roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaim

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ou ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; I now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion.


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The dog and the shadow


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 size.

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e immediately let go of his own, and fiercely attacked the other Dog to get his larger piece from him.

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e thus lost both: that which whe grasped at in the water, because it was a shadow; and his own, because the stream swept it away.

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The ants and the grasshopper


he Ants were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collected in the summertime.

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Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food.

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T “

he Ants inquired of him,

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Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?

H “

e replied,

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I had not leisure enough. I passed the days in singing.


T “

hey then said in derision:

If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance


supperless to bed in the winter.

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The end

Aesop's Fables  

Aesop's three fables