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"Dear mother," said a little fish,
"Is that a worm I see?
I'm very hungry, and I wish
You'd get the worm for me."

"Sweet innocent," the mother cried,
And started from her nook,
"That worm you see is there to hide
The sharpness of a hook."

As I have heard, the little trout
Was young and foolish too,
And presently he ventured out
To learn what might be true.

Around about the worm he played,
With many a longing look,
And "Dear me!" to himself he said,
"I'm sure there is no hook."

"I think I'll give one little bite;"
And that was what he did,
And thus he died in hapless plight
By not doing as he was bid.

- Ann and Jane Taylor

Ann Taylor (1782-1866) best remembered as the elder sister and collaborator of Jane Taylor was an English poet and literary critic. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and other verses for children brought them long-lasting popularity.

  • The Same poet wrote another famous poem Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
  • The young fish wants to eat the worm but he didn't know about its trick so he died because of his foolishness.

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The baby fish told the mother that he want to eat the worm he sees cause he is hungry.

The baby fish wants to get the worm because he is hungry.

No! The mother fish did not get the worm for her young one because see knew that the hook is hiding inside of the worm.

The young trout was foolish because after his mother told him about the worm, he went to find out if it's true or not and then he got himself killed. 

The lesson teaches us that we should listen to the elders and follow their orders.

  • The meaning of innocent is?

  • Synonym of venture is?

  • The definition of hapless is?

    Unlucky usually unhappy.
    Uncertain about something.
    A common fressh water fish.
    Having little experience of the world.
  • Antonym of plight is?

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