Fables Aesop's Fables The Crow and the Pitcher

The Crow and the Pitcher

A thirsty Crow found a pitcher with some water in it, but so little was there that, try as she might, she could not reach it with her beak.

The angry Crow pecked at the pitcher, not sure what to do. It seemed as though she would die of thirst within sight of the remedy.

At last she hit upon a clever plan.

The Crow began dropping pebbles into the pitcher, and with each pebble the water rose a little higher.

When she used up all the stones near the pitcher, the Crow started carting stones from the edge of the road to the pitcher and dropping them in one at a time.

At last, the water reached the brim, and the clever Crow was finally able to quench her thirst.

Moral: Necessity is the mother of invention.

Citation: Aesop, au. Jones, V.S. Vernon, ed. Aesop’s Fables: A New Translation. New York: Avenel Books, 1912.This story is in the public domain and is part of the cited work

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Editor of WorldFolklore.net and AmericanFolklore.net, S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.