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The Ox and the Frog

Stephanie Smith

Lutherville, United States

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From Aesop’s fables:

An Ox grazing in a swampy meadow accidentally trod upon a brood of young frogs and crushed most of them to death. One that managed to escape ran off to tell his mother the dreadful news.

“Mother,” he said, “it was a beast, a huge for-footed beast that killed them!”

“Oh, that was just the Farmer’s Ox, it’s not so big. I can easily make myself that size. Was it as big as this?” she said, as she puffed herself out as big as she could.

“Oh, much bigger than that,” said the young frog.

“Well, was it this big?” she said, puffing herself up again with all her might.

“Bigger, much bigger,” he replied. “I’m afraid you’d burst before you could reach even half its size.”

Provoked, the old frog took a deep breath and blew and puffed and swelled and swelled, and just as she was about to say, “I’m sure the Ox was not as big as this,” she burst into thin air.
Moral: Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.

Ink drawing with digital color, 2006 Part of a series. You can see more at my porfolio website stephaniesmith.com

This image is one of many story images of birds and animals featured in my calendar Legendary Tales: Myths and Legends

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