theparisreview:

“As Ant came down to the brook: he wanted a drink. A wave washed him down and almost drowned him. A Dove was carrying a branch; she saw the Ant was drowning, so she cast the branch down to him in the brook. The Ant got up on the branched and was saved. Then a hunter placed a snare for the Dove, and was on the point of drawing it in. The Ant crawled up to the hunter and bit him on the leg; the hunter groaned and dropped the snare. The Dove fluttered upwards and flew away.”
—Leo Tolstoy’s Fables for Children, which he wrote around 1849 after established a school for peasant children at his country estate, Yasnaya Polyana.

theparisreview:

“As Ant came down to the brook: he wanted a drink. A wave washed him down and almost drowned him. A Dove was carrying a branch; she saw the Ant was drowning, so she cast the branch down to him in the brook. The Ant got up on the branched and was saved. Then a hunter placed a snare for the Dove, and was on the point of drawing it in. The Ant crawled up to the hunter and bit him on the leg; the hunter groaned and dropped the snare. The Dove fluttered upwards and flew away.”

Leo Tolstoy’s Fables for Children, which he wrote around 1849 after established a school for peasant children at his country estate, Yasnaya Polyana.