The Hawk, the Kite, and the Pigeons
The pigeons, terrified by the appearance of a Kite, called upon the Hawk to defend them. He at once consented. When they had admitted him into the cote, they found that he made more havoc and slew a larger number of them in one day than the Kite could pounce upon in a whole year.
The moral of the story is: Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.
- terrified (adjective): very afraid
- consent (verb): to agree
- cote (noun): a shelter for pigeons
- havoc (noun): trouble
- slew (past verb of “slay”): to kill
- pounce (verb): to jump on suddenly
- remedy (noun): cure
The Hawk, the Kite, and the Pigeon is one of the famous Aesop’s Fables. A “fable” is a short story, typically with animals as characters, telling a moral or lesson.
Read by Tara Benwell.