English KS1/KS2: Aesop's Fables -18. The Caged Bird and the Bat

Synopsis

A songbird lives trapped in a cage outside the cottage window of a hunter. The bird can sing beautifully but never does so during daylight hours, having been caught by the hunter because of her song. The hunter wants the bird to sing for him, but during the day she pretends to be asleep, only singing at night.

One night a bat flies past and asks the bird why she only sings at night. She explains that this is her plan not to get caught by a hunter again. The bat responds that there’s no use following this plan now that she’s already been caught.

Download Teachers' Notes (pdf)
document
18. The Caged Bird and the Bat - transcript to print/download
document

More from this series

17. The Lion and the Mouse
audio
19. The Fox and the Goat
audio
20. The Lion and the Elephant
audio