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The Fox and the Stork
Published: 2.15.2017
Level 2   |   Time: 2:17
Voice: Reggy (Canadian Accent)
Source: Listen in English

The famous Aesop fable about a fox who plays a trick on a stork, and the stork's revenge.


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triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio above.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers.

triangle Vocabulary

  • cunning [adj] - clever, smart
  • stork [n] - a large sea bird
  • amuse [v] - entertain
  • odd [adj] - strange
  • dine [v] - eat
  • set out [phv] - arrange
  • shallow [adj] - not deep
  • bill [n] - the mouth of a bird
  • lap up [phv] - lick / eat
  • even-tempered [adj] - calm / relaxed
  • fellow [n] - person / guy
  • fly into a rage [id] - get angry very quickly
  • promptly [adv} - on time / not late
  • odor [n] - smell
  • lose one's temper [id] - get angry

    [n] - noun   [v] - verb  [adj] - adjective   [adv] - adverb  

    [phv] - phrasal verb   [id] - idiom

triangle Questions

  1. Who did the Fox invite to dinner?
    the Stork
  2. What did the Fox serve for dinner?
  3. Why was the Stork unable to eat?
    The plate was shallow and his bill was long.
  4. How did the Fox try to make the Stork even angrier?
    He made a show of how delicious the soup was.
  5. When did the Fox arrive for dinner at the Stork's house?
    promptly (on time)
  6. What did the Stork serve for dinner?
  7. Why did the Fox get angry?
    He couldn't eat because the jar was too narrow.
  8. Who served dinner in a jar?
    the Stork
  9. Who served dinner in a shallow plate?
    the Fox
  10. Who flew into a rage?
    the Fox
  11. Who was ever-tempered?
    the Stork
  12. Who had an odd appearance?
    the Stork

triangle Script

The cunning Fox one day thought of a plan to amuse himself at the expense of the Stork, at whose odd appearance he was always laughing.

"You must come and dine with me today," he said to the Stork as he smiled to himself at the trick he was going to play.

The Stork gladly accepted the invitation and arrived early and with a very good appetite.

For dinner the Fox served soup.

But it was set out in a very shallow dish, and all the Stork could do was to wet the very tip of his bill.

He couldn't get a single drop of the soup.

But the Fox lapped it up easily, and in order to increase the disappointment of the Stork, he made a great show of how delicious the soup tasted.

The hungry Stork was very unhappy because of the trick, but he was a calm, even-tempered fellow. He saw no point in flying into a rage.

Instead, not long afterward, he invited the Fox to dine with him at his house.

The Fox arrived promptly at the time that had been set, and the Stork served a fish dinner that had a very appetizing smell.

However, it was served in a tall jar with a very narrow neck.

The Stork could easily get at the food with his long bill, but all the Fox could do was lick the outside of the jar and sniff at the delicious odor.

Finally, the Fox lost his temper.

The Stork said calmly, "Do not play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself."