This story is part of Aesop's collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables,” which did not survive in writing but were passed down by people retelling them. They have deeply influenced children's literature and modern storytelling culture. As you read, look for evidence to answer this important question: How does the theme of greed develop in this fable? This story is for grade 5 students and is available in the public domain.

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