English KS1/KS2: Aesop's Fables - 6. The Gnat and the Lion

Written by Jan Payne, read by Richard E Grant.

6. The Gnat and the Lion

Synopsis

The Gnat claims that he can outwit The Lion, despite the disparity in their size and strength. When Lion attacks, the Gnat jumps out of the way, buzzes around, then flies up the Lion’s nose, where he begins to bite. The Gnat only stops biting when the Lion agrees to call it the King of the Beasts. The Gnat is very pleased with itself and looks for somewhere suitably soft and comfortable to make a new home. It wraps itself in what looks like a lacy shawl, realising too late that it is a spider’s web. Despite the Gnat’s protest that it is the King of the Beasts, the spider eats it for supper.

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