English KS1/KS2: Aesop's Fables - 14. The Vain Jackdaw

Synopsis

A king and queen cannot agree on which bird is more beautiful, the peacock or the swan, so they decide to hold a beauty competition. Unlike the other birds, the jackdaws are not bothering to enter, because they know they are not beautiful. However, one jackdaw thinks he might be able to win by borrowing feathers discarded by all the other birds.

When the competition comes, the strange but beautiful new bird does indeed win, but when the feathers start to fall off, the jackdaw is recognised for who he is, and has the other feathers pulled off by the other birds. He is humiliated, and subsequently ignored by the other jackdaws.

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