Aesop: The Fox and the Goat: Rewritten for Today’s Youth



A fox fell into a well and could not get out.

A very thirsty goat saw the fox, but asked if the water tasted good. The fox praised the water and the fox suggested that the goat jump in like he did. Thinking only of his thirst the goat jumped in. Now, they were both in trouble.

The fox told the goat that he had a plan that would rescue them both. The fox suggested that if the goat put his front legs outside the well, he would run up his back and get out.


“I will help you get out, too!” promised the fox. Within a minute, the fox was out of the well and running away. The goat yelled, “You promised to help me get out!”

The fox turned and said,

“You foolish fellow! If you had as many brains in your head as you have hairs in your beard, you would never have gone down before you knew that there was a way back out.”

moral: Look before you leap.

The Story for Today’s Youth:  by Pauline Gallagher


Suzie was bored in high school. She was looking for some excitement and fun. She heard that Kate and her girlfriends were stealing from shops and stores. Suzie said to Kate, “I’d like to have new clothes and things like rings and watches. I want some adventures. My life is boring!”

Kate discussed matters with her girlfriends.


“We have agreed that you go into the new store and put things into your pocket. We will talk to the store owner so that he will not see what you are doing!”

Suzie filled her pockets and when the store owner yelled, “Stop thief!” Kate and her friends walked slowly out the door.

Suzie was arrested and her parents had to pick her up at the police station.


Suzie tried to blame Kate and her friends for running away, but the police officer held up a hand.

“Young lady,” he said, “You did not think out what would happen if you decided to steal. There are consequences to all our actions. Now, you will have a criminal record.”


moral:  think before you act.

These Aesop’s tales and modern versions are part of my Bonus series for my book

“Look Who is Searching for Bo Peep’s Sheep.”  (Nursery rhyme and Disney characters join forces to find Bo Peep’s Sheep.)



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