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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 397 (Aphthonius 4)

A story about a bird catcher, exhorting us to pay attention to deeds, not words.
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.

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.