Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
271. THE BIRD CATCHER AND THE CRICKET
Perry 397 (Aphthonius
A story about a bird catcher, exhorting us to pay attention to deeds,
A bird catcher heard a cricket and thought he was going to make a big
catch, estimating its size by the volume of its song. But when he walked
up and seized his prey, he discovered that it was worthless. The bird
catcher then denounced the whole process of deducing from appearances,
since it often leads people to make mistaken judgments.
The fable shows that persons of no value can seem to be greater than
they really are.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.