S: The Mice and the Old Cat by Sarah J.
BC: ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sarah J is an avid reader and loves creative writing. | ABOUT THE BOOK The Mice and the Old Cat is a fable that teaches the lesson that by helping others, sometimes you can help yourself.
FC: The Mice and the Old Cat | by Sarah J.
1: The Mice and the Old Cat by Sarah J. Kentucky Country Day School 6th Grade English 5 Ms. Stringfellow's Class October 2010
3: There once was an old cat that had lived on a farm for a very long time. Through his youth and into his old age, he had served his master well and had kept the field mice out of the barn and away from his master's crops. Now in his twilight years, he was getting tired and found it harder to chase after the mice.
5: He thought to himself, "I'm an old cat and should be able to spend my final days in rest. Yet, if I don't keep the mice from eating too much of my master's crops, he will replace me. There must be a solution to this problem." He decided to go to the mice and propose a compromise. "Mice," he said, "I am old and can't keep you away from my master's crops like I once did. If I cannot prevent you from raiding the crop bins, he will throw me off the farm. Can we not come to an agreement?
7: "What do you propose?" said the mice. "If you agree to stay hidden during the day and only take food in small amounts, the master will think I still am able to work. I will not stand in your way when you come to take the grain. In this way, I will be able to stay on the farm until the end of my days and you may have enough food to live contentedly." "Why should we help you?" said the mice. "If we continue to eat our fill and go where we please, we will still live contentedly and you will be gone!" So, the mice refused to agree to the old cat's plan, and after weeks of their raids on the crops, the master finally sent the old cat away. "Hooray!" said the mice, "Now we can do what we like."
9: But it was not long, before the master got a new cat for the farm. He bought a young kitten that was full of energy and whose favorite entertainment was to chase field mice. This kitten grew to adulthood and became a deadly hunter. The mice dwindled in numbers and soon only ventured out of their holes when their stomachs could not go another moment without food.
10: One day, a brave mouse ventured out to steal what bits of grain he could, but suddenly found himself in the jaws of the young cat. As he was being carried away, he wailed, "Why did we not listen to the old cat and accept his bargain? Ah, he who helps his enemy helps himself." The End
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