English KS1/KS2: Aesop's Fables - 21. The Crow and the Pitcher
An old crow is known to be clever at solving problems – for example breaking open shellfish by dropping them from a height, and opening nuts by getting cars to drive over them. The Sparrow Sisters sing about how clever he is. One day, after a spell of hot weather which has dried up all the streams and ponds, the crow fears it will die of thirst.
Coming upon a pitcher of water left in a garden, the crow tries to drink from it, but there is only a little water left in the bottom, and his beak can’t reach it. Having thought for a while, the crow hits upon the solution of dropping in pebbles until the water level rises sufficiently for him to drink.