English KS1/KS2: Aesop's Fables - 34. The Eagle and the Tortoise

Tod the tortoise struggles to get his share of scraps that are thrown into the garden where it lives – he is too slow. His friend Milly Mouse brings some back for him. Seeing an eagle flying in the sky, Tod expresses top Milly his wish to be able to fly.

The eagle comes down and offers to teach Tod to fly. Tod promises the eagle anything it wants in return. Up in the sky, the Eagle demands Milly Mouse, who it wants to eat. When Tod is unwilling to betray his friend, the Eagle drops him. However, Tod lands in a pile of lettuce leaves which his friends in the garden had stacked up to save him. Tod realises that he is happy as himself.

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