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Aesop's Fable: The Travellers and the Plane Tree
Read, print and
discuss the fable. The fable will print in the top half of the
paper. Prints well in portrait and landscape mode. Have children draw and color a tree or illustration
of the fable under the text.
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The Travellers and 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.
Watch this video of the fable!