The Raven Who Would Rival The Eagle

Aesops fables the eagle and the raven illustration poems for kids
A raven tries to copy an eagle, but finds it's not so easy! An Aesop fable.
The Raven Who Would Rival The Eagle

Fables for kids The Raven Who Would Rival the Eagle 1

An Eagle swooped from out the sky,
And carried off a sheep.
A Raven seeing him, said: “I
Could do that too if I should try.
His meal comes mighty cheap.”

Of all that well-fed flock was one
As fat as fat could be.

The Raven rose, and lit upon
Her back. She seemed to weigh a ton–
So very fat was she.

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And, oh! Her wool was wondrous thick:
It would have made a mat.
The Raven’s claws are caught, and stick!
He’s played himself a pretty trick–
To fly with one so fat.

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“Ba, ba!” “Caw, caw!” cry bird and beast.
The shepherd comes at last:
Sir Raven who would find a feast
Is from the woolly one released,
And in a cage kept fast.

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BEDTIME FABLE written by Aesop – translated by Jean de la Fontaine – and adapted into poems by W.T. Larned

Vintage illustrations by John Rae

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