A fable is a type of short story. The characters in fables are often talking animals.
Read this famous fable and then answer the questions in the worksheet.
The Ant and the Grasshopper
One hot day in late summer the ant was busy carrying an ear of corn back to her nest ready for the winter. She came upon her friend the grasshopper, who was lazing in the sunshine, singing.
"Why aren't you preparing for winter?" asked the ant.
"Winter! Who cares about winter?" retorted the grasshopper. "I've got plenty of food for now. Why don't you stop rushing about in the heat and come and sit down here with me?"
The exhausted ant mopped her brow. Although she would have loved to sit down and pass the time of day with her friend she resolutely picked up her burden again and set off.
"No thank you," she called over her shoulder. "I need to make sure I have enough food for winter, and I suggest that you do the same."
Winter finally arrived, and it was a long and cold one. The ant and her family were warm and snug with plenty of food, but the grasshopper went hungry and no longer had anything to sing about.
The moral of the story is: be prepared.
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