The Dove And The Ant

: Boys And Girls Bookshelf

An ant went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and, being

carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of being

drowned. A dove, sitting on a tree overhanging the water, plucked a leaf

and let it fall into the stream close to her. The ant, climbing on to

it, floated in safety to the bank. Shortly afterward a bird-catcher came

and stood under the tree, and laid his lime-twigs for the dove, which

sat in the branches. The ant, perceiving his design, stung him in the

foot. He suddenly threw down the twigs, and thereupon made the dove take


The grateful heart will find opportunities to show gratitude.