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The fox and the Crow Fable

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a
tree. "That's for me, as I am a Fox," said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of
the tree. "Good-day, Mistress Crow," he cried. "How well you are looking to-day: how
glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other
birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as
the Queen of Birds." The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the
moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up
by Master Fox. "That will do," said he. "That was all I wanted. In exchange for your
cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future.

Consonants
Symbol
p
b
t
d
k
g
m
n
ng //
f
v
s
z
h
sh //
zh //
w
y
l
r
ch /t/

Examples (Basic spelling)


Piece,up, opened ,piece,up
Beak,branch,bright, birds,
but,began,best,be
Its,tree, to
Day,does,do
(kite)
Good, glossy,greet, ground,give
Me,am,master, mistress,must,
me,may,moment,mouth
In,and,on only
exchange(Ending)
Fox,fly,foot,feathers,feel,
figure,from,fell,for,future
voice
Saw,settle,as,said,sure,surpass,song,
snapped
(zebra)
He,how, hear,her,head
she
(measure)
With,walked,well, will,was,wanted
You,your
Looking, let.lifted
Reynold
Cheese,exchange

Alternate Spellings
snapped
(rabble)
settle
Advice,snapped, lifted,cried
Crow,cried,queen,caw,exchange
(giraffe)
(accommodate)
(banner)
off
of
Glossy,surpass
as
(sugar)
Once,one
eye
Fell,all, well
are
(action)

j /d/
Just
th/ / bath
others
th // bathe thats,
that,the

Exchange,give

Vowels
Symbol
Short vowels
i /I/
bit

Examples (basic spelling)

With ,in its ,I, mistress, bright, birds,


figure, lifted ,will, in
e //
bet
Settle,me,reynald,he,well, feathers,
let,her,best,she,fell
a //
bat
A, ,and,branch,thats,as,
am,master, that,and, began,
snapped,was,all
o // father, hot
Fox, ,on,for,to,how ,glossy, others,
song,moment, opened, only
u //
but
Up,must,surpass,just, but, up

about, sofa (animal)


// book
Good,foot
aw // dawn, long Saw, caw
Long vowels
a_e /ey/ cane
are
ee /iy/ beet
Cheese,tree,feel,greet,queen
i_e /ay/ bite
Voice,give,advice
o_e /ow/ cone
one
/u/ boot
looking
oy /y/ boy
(toy)
ow /aw/ gown
How,crow
r-colored vowels
ar
far
(car)
r //
fur
future
er
fair
Master, feathers, other
ir
fear
hear
or
for
for
ur
poor

Alternate Spellings
Mistress, cried, began
Said, figure, head, said
Walked, surpass, ground mouth

wanted
Once, others, from,was
Master, the,
To,does,how
Off,of,all,wanted
Day,exchange
Piece,beak,me,glossy, hear, only,be
Eye,may,by
You,your, sure,do,future
(choice)
(loud)
(heart)
(doctor)
(errands)

future

Spelling Patterns
1. Silent e on the end of a word usually makes the preceding vowel long (e.g., name, Pete,
time, home, mule, compose, imitate [Silent e syllable]). (once,piece,cheese)
2. In one-syllable words, double the final l, f, s, z after one short vowel (mistress,all,will)
3. A vowel at the end of a syllable is usually long (master,future)
4. The letter g has the soft sound of /j/ when e, i, or y follows it (give).
5. Ai is most often followed by an n or l or d (said).

6.Q is always followed by a u and at least one other vowel. V and x

are never doubled. X is never followed by an s.(queen, exchange)


7.No words in English end in v. They end with ve, no matter whether the vowel is long or
short (give). The silent e generalization is not consistent with v
words.
8. For most words, add s to make them plural (feathers, birds)).