An Aesop story re-told by Andrew Wright

One day a wolf was eating.  ‘Gobble!  Gobble!  Gobble!  Gobble!Gobble!  Gobble!  Swallow!  Aaargh!
‘Help me!  There is a bone in my throat!
‘Gulp! Gulp! Gulp! Gulp! Gulp! Gulp! Help!
‘Mouse! Help me!’
‘I can’t help you!’
‘Bear!  Help me!’
‘I can’t help you!’
‘Who can help me?  Ah! I know! The crane can help me!  He has got a very long beak.  It’s a very, very, very long beak.  He can help me.  He can get the bone!’
So the wolf went to the crane.
‘Crane! Help me!’
‘I can’t help you!’
‘You can.’
‘What’s wrong?’
‘There is a bone in my throat!  Please get it out!’
‘Ha!  It’s a trick! I’m not crazy!’
‘It isn’t a trick.’
‘It’s a trick!  I put my beak down your throat and then you bite my head off!’
‘Please, please, please!  It is not a trick. Look!  You can see the bone!’
And the wolf opened his mouth very, very, very wide!
The crane saw the bone.
‘Crane!  Help me!  I will give you a special present!’
Now cranes like presents.  So the crane put his very, very, very long beak down the throat of the wolf and pulled and pulled and pulled the bone out of the wolf’s throat.
The wolf was very happy and he laughed and he danced and he laughed and he danced and he laughed and he danced.
‘Now, I want my present!’ said the crane.
‘You’ve got your present.’ said the wolf.
‘No, I haven’t.’
‘Yes, you have.’
‘No, I haven’t.’
‘Yes, you have.  You are alive!  I didn’t kill you.’
‘But that’s not fair.’
‘Yes, it is.’
‘No, it isn’t.’
‘Yes, it is.  Your present to me took 30 seconds.  My present to you is for one minute and fifty nine seconds have gone aleady!’
And the crane flew away!

Some people are very nice when they want something.  They get it and then they are not very nice.
This re-telling of mine is dramatically different to the normal form of this fable.  Mine is very much a text to be told and to be played with for children.  The repetition of fixed phrases invites the children to join in.
There are a few unusual words which are not generally much used: eg ‘beak’ but there are many very useful everyday phrases which can be used in the context of working with children very often.


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