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Useful weblinks: The Gnat

  • This site includes various written versions of the story, along with moral interpretations.
  • To check students’ understanding of the story, this site has some interactive multiple-choice questions.
  • Jean de La Fontaine – a famous French fabulist and poet of the 17th century – wrote this poem based on the fable. 
  • Here is another poem based on the fable, accompanied by some lovely illustrations (although, in the top picture, the gnat is considerably larger than it should be!).
  • Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) created this line drawing to illustrate the fable: students could try colouring it in.
  • Milo Winter (1886-1956), another illustrator, has a very different style of drawing. Not only is this illustration coloured, but it also includes the spider’s web, neatly capturing the ending of the fable.