English KS1/KS2: Aesop's Fables - 32. The Dog and his reflection

Patch the dog lives on a farm. He is cute as a puppy, but grows up into a fierce and badly behaved dog. He bullies the other dogs and steals their food. One day he steals the joint of meat from the farmer’s table and runs away with it.

Coming to a bridge across a river, he stops to eat the meat. He spots his own reflection in the water. Thinking that this is another dog, with another piece of meat, he decides that he wants both pieces of meat. However, in opening his mouth to growl at his reflection, he drops the meat in the river and it is swept away. He loses the meat but realises that he would be better off not being so nasty in future.

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