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The Frog That Wished to Make Herself as Big as the Ox

"The Frog That Wished to Make Herself as Big as the Ox" by Jean de La Fontaine is a cautionary fable that teaches children the dangers of envy and the futile pursuit of being someone we are not. The story centers around a frog who, after spotting a large and majestic ox, strives to inflate herself to match the ox's size, but only ends up bursting in the process. This lesson on acceptance and humility is delivered in a simple yet profound way.

Genre: Fable

A Frog, no bigger than a pullet's egg, A fat Ox feeding in a meadow spied. The envious little creature blew and swelled; In vain to reach the big bull's bulk she tried. "Sister, now look! observe me close!" she cried. "Is this enough?"--"No!" "Tell me! now then see!" "No, no!" "Well, now I'm quite as big as he?" "You're scarcely bigger than you were at first!" One more tremendous puff--she grew so large--she burst. The whole world swarms with people not more wise: The tradesman's villa with the palace vies. Ambassadors your poorest Princelings send, And every Count has pages without end.
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a renowned French fabulist and one of the most famous poets during the French classical period. He was born on July 8, 1621, and died on April 13, 1695. Known for his literary style, he is best known for his "Fables", which are considered classics of French literature. His works were marked by his sophisticated style and moral substance, and his fables provided a scathing critique of French society during his time. more…

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