Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
453. THE CROW AND THE WATER JAR
Perry 390 (Avianus
A thirsty crow noticed a huge jar and saw that at the very bottom there
was a little bit of water. For a long time the crow tried to spill the
water out so that it would run over the ground and allow her to satisfy
her tremendous thirst. After exerting herself for some time in vain, the
crow grew frustrated and applied all her cunning with unexpected ingenuity:
as she tossed little stones into the jar, the water rose of its own accord
until she was able to take a drink.
This fable shows us that thoughtfulness is superior to brute strength,
since this is the way that the crow was able to carry her task to its
Note: This story is found in several compendia of ancient natural history
writers (e.g., Aelian, Characteristics of Animals 2.48).
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.