THE LION AND THE MOUSE
NE day a great lion lay asleep in the sunshine. A little
mouse ran across his paw and wakened him. The great
lion was just going to eat him up when the little mouse
cried, "O please, let me go, sir, some day I may help
The lion laughed at the thought that the little mouse
could be of any use to him. But he was a good-natured
lion, and he set the mouse free.
Not long after, the lion was caught in a net. He tugged
and pulled with all his might, but the ropes were too
strong. Then he roared loudly. The little mouse heard
him, and ran to the spot.
"Be still, dear Lion, and I will set you free. I will
gnaw the ropes."
With his sharp little teeth, the mouse cut the ropes,
and the lion came out of the net.
"You laughed at me once," said the mouse. "You thought
I was too little to do you a good turn. But see, you
owe your life to a poor little mouse."