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Aesop’s Fables (6)

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The Partridge and the Cockerels
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
It’s hard when messed-up people treat you badly, but if you take it personally it only makes it worse.

ONE day a man who kept cockerels was busy about his yard when a salesman came to the gate and offered him a tame partridge. So he bought it, and let it fend for itself among his other birds.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Till. Until.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Man. Let. Offer.

Use together in one sentence: Among. Even. Family.

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The Farmer and the Buried Treasure
Music: Francesco Geminiani
An affectionate father came up with an imaginative way to get his sons to work on the farm.

A FARMER who lay upon his deathbed wanted his sons to be able to take good care of themselves and the family vineyard after he was gone. But they had managed to avoid getting any hands-on experience of farming.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Go. Man. Field.

Use together in one sentence: Last. Hard. Every.

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The Eagle, the Jackdaw, and the Shepherd
Music: Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz
An over-excited jackdaw goes out of his league, and pays the price.

ONCE upon a time, a mighty eagle swooped down from his lofty stone perch, and carried off a lamb.

A jackdaw watched it with rising envy, until he was so overcome with the desire to imitate him that, with a great whirring of wings, he landed on a full-grown ram, and promptly got tangled up in its fleece.

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The Fox and the Bramble
Music: George Frideric Handel
A fox tries to save herself from a fall, but finds she would have been better off taking the tumble.

A VIXEN who was clambering over a fence found herself slipping, so to avoid a fall she reached out and grabbed at a nearby bush. But the bush was a bramble, and it cut her paws and made them bleed.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Worse. Worst.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Slip. Well. Show.

Use together in one sentence: Bramble. People. Show.

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The Fox and the Grapes
Music: Edward German
Some people disparage what they can’t have.

A FOX was padding about a vineyard in the mountains, when he spotted some bunches of grapes hanging from a trellis.

He scampered over to them, as they were ripe and deep black, harvested in peak condition by someone who knew his business.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Until. By.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pick. Reach. Bunch.

Use together in one sentence: Mountain. What. Pick.

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The Lion and the Mouse
Music: Alice Mary Smith
A casual act of mercy brought an unexpected reward.

A LION who had caught a mouse was on the point of eating it, when the little rascal spoke up.

‘Your proper prey is deer’ he squeaked crossly, ‘and creatures with horns. A meal of mouse would be no more than a grain of salt on your lips.’

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Feast. Feat. Fast.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Return. Light. Find.

Use together in one sentence: Fate. Even. Hunter.

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