Aesop's Fable:
The Young Crab and his Mother

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Holidays:  Arbor Day | Earth Day

Read, print and discuss the fable.  The fable will print in the top half of the paper.  Have children draw and color a crab or illustration of the fable under the text box.

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The Plane Tree

Two Travelers, walking in the noonday sun, sought the shade of a wide spreading tree to rest. As they lay looking up among the pleasant leaves, they saw that it was a Plane Tree.

"How useless is the Plane!" said one of them. "It bears no fruit whatever, and only serves to litter the ground with leaves."

"Ungrateful creatures!" said a voice from the Plane Tree. "You lie here in my cooling shade, and yet you say I am useless! Thus ungratefully, do men receive their blessings!"

Our best blessings are often the least appreciated.