Fox and Crow Are Not Friends (Step into Reading)
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Fox and Crow can agree on two things: their love of cheese and loathing of each other. These cagey animals will do whatever they can to outwit their sworn enemy and claim sole possession of the prized cheese they keep finding. But they are too caught up in their plotting and planning to realize they've picked the wrong house to steal from—since the mother of the house is one fed up Mama Bear who knows exactly how to contend with freeloaders.
randomhouse.com/teachers Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Wiley, Melissa. Fox and Crow are not friends / by Melissa Wiley ; illustrated by Sebastien Braun. p. cm. — (Step into reading. Step 3) Summary: Continuing Aesop’s fable, Fox and Crow tussle over pieces of cheese, but Mama, one of the three bears, outwits them both. eISBN: 978-0-375-98574-4 [1. Foxes—Fiction. 2. Crows—Fiction. 3. Bears—Fiction. 4. Characters in literature—Fiction.] I. Braun, Sebastien, ill. II. Title.
cage. Fox’s plan was perfect. He went to the cornfield. He hid the birdcage in a haystack. He hid himself in the scarecrow’s clothes. He held out the cheese and waited. Soon, along came Crow. She spotted the cheese in the scarecrow’s hand. Crow landed on the scarecrow’s hand. Just as she took the cheese in her beak, the scarecrow’s hand closed on her leg. “I’ve got you now, Crow. I told you I would get even with you!” cried Fox. Crow could not get away. Fox shoved Crow into
the birdcage and locked it tight. He grabbed the cheese from Crow’s beak. He was about to gobble it up when a net fell over both Fox and Crow. “Help!” yelled Fox. “Help!” yelled Crow. I’ve got you now, Fox and Crow!” said Mama Bear. “That will teach you not to steal my cheese.” Fox and Crow looked at each other. They were both sly. They were both smart. But they were not as sly or smart as Mama Bear. Fox and Crow are still enemies. But now they do not fight each other. They
right over her head. It ran all over her feathers. Crow flew past Fox’s den. The good smell flew with her. Fox sniffed. The smell made his mouth water. Fox came out of his den. Crow flew from tree to tree, leading him along. Fox did not see her. He was following the good smell. Crow led Fox to the cheese and the hidden loop of string. When Fox saw cheese instead of stew, he was surprised.. But Fox liked cheese even better than he liked stew. He could not wait to gobble it up.
Crow pulled on the string. The loop closed tight around Fox’s paw. He was trapped! Crow flew down and Fox flew up. Fox yelled. Crow laughed and laughed. Fox dropped the cheese right into Crow’s open beak. “Delicious!” she said. “Thank you, Fox, or that tasty snack. I do love a nice bit of cheese.”. Fox shook his paw in the air. “I’ll get even with you, Crow!” he shouted. “No one outfoxes a fox!”. That was the second fight. The third fight was even worse. Fox fumed. He did not