And the fox replied, "Oh, most worthy King, you should yourself know that this beast (the ass) had neither heart nor ears. If he had had ears, which are the seat of hearing, he would have known that I spoke falsehoods and if he had had a heart, which is the seat of feelings, he would have been overcome with fear at the very sight of you." And with these last words of treachery, the Fox escaped into the woods.
"The Ass, the Lion and the Fox" from The Tortoise and the Geese by Maude Barrows Dutton
We have also been reading The Penderwicks aloud and my boys are loving it. I like seeing how they respond to the different personalities in books and each of the sisters has a clear personality in this book. I can see why reading fiction is so good for empathy!
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