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Useful weblinks: The Vain Crow

  • There are a lot of animations for this fable! Check out a few really good ones below:
    • A very nicely made animation, where the fox gives the crow some advice at the end: ‘Never trust a flatterer’.
    • An animation in poetic form. This time the fox and crow have their eyes on a pear.
    • Another animation told in poetry. This fox even has a camera (did he also steal that from someone else?) and the fact that the crow is so obviously ugly makes the flattery even more ludicrous!
    • This short video was created by the Vancouver Film School and there is a funny twist at the end – was the fox expecting the crow to have that voice?
    • This animation turns the fable into a beautiful guitar and vocals song.
  • Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) created this black and white illustration of the fable.
  • Milo Winter (1886-1956), another illustrator, created this famous coloured illustration.
  • This line drawing may be suitable for colouring in by some learners.
  • This beautifully illustrated limerick version of the fable is from the book Baby’s Own Aesop (Walter Crane, illustrator).
  • Jean de La Fontaine - a famous French fabulist and poet of the 17th century – wrote this fable in poetry. He also said this quote concerning flatterers – that they live at the expense of those who listen to them. William Penn held a similar sentiment: flatterers are thieves in disguise. However, there is a thin line between complimenting someone and flattering them and it can be difficult to tell when someone is being genuine or not!