AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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" Was he as big as this ? ' said she. ' Oh ! yes, yes, mother, MUCH bigger," said the little Frog. And yet again she puffed and puffed herself out till she was almost as round as a ball. ' As big as . . . ? " she beganóbut then she burst.
A POOR Man had a wooden Image of a god, to which he used to pray daily for riches. He did this for a long time, but remained as poor as ever, till one day he caught up the Image in disgust and hurled it with all his strength against the wall. The force of the blow split open the head and a quantity of gold coins fell out upon the floor. The Man gathered them up greedily, and said, " 0 you old fraud, you ! When I honoured you, you did me no good whatever : but no sooner do I treat you to insults and violence than you make a rich man of me ! '
A WAGGONER was driving his team along a muddy lane with a full load behind them, when the wheels of his waggon sank so deep in the mire that no efforts of his horses could move them. As he stood