Watch the fable in American Sign Language.
A peacock took a stroll and met a crane one day. They exchanged a greeting. The peacock puffed up with vanity and spread his gorgeous tail with pride and boast. His colorful plumage glowed in the sun.
The peacock said, "Hey, look at this beautiful tail." He mocked, "And you? Your feathers is full of gray. How dull!"
The crane calmly nodded, "True, definitely true." He spread his wings and flew up high in the sky. He look down and called, "Hey, look, I soar high and far that I can view beautiful brilliant stars in the sky. I also can view all beautiful scenery below me." The crane continued, "And you? You are stuck among the birds of the barnyard all the time. How dull!"
The peacock stood in silence as domestic fowls busily buzzed around him in their ordinary routines. He smuggly shrugged, "Anyway."
Illustration by Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset, et.al., Aesop's Fables, 1881. Published by WM. L. Allison, New York.
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"Fine feathers don't make fine birds." -- Aesop
"The useful is of much more importance and value, than the ornamental." -- The Aesop for Children
Illustration by Milo Winter, 1919.
Also see The Goats and the Bridge: a fable.
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