One day a great lion
lay asleep in the sunshine. A little mouse ran across his
paw and wakened him. The great lion was just going to eat
him up when the little mouse cried, “Oh, please, let me go,
sir. Some day I may help you.”
The lion laughed at the thought that the little mouse could
be of any use to him. But he was a good-natured lion, and he
set the mouse free.
Not long after, the lion was caught in a net. He tugged and
pulled with all his might, but the ropes were too strong.
Then he roared loudly. The little mouse heard him, and ran
to the spot.
“Be still, dear Lion, and I will set you free. I will gnaw
With his sharp little teeth, the mouse cut the ropes, and
the lion came out of the net.
“You laughed at me once,” said the mouse. “You thought I was
too little to do you a good turn. But see, you owe your life
to a poor little mouse.”