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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.

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