It is a hot day. The Crow goes to the lake to drink. The Crow is thirsty. He drinks and drinks. While the Crow is drinking, a Swan glides by. The Swan is very beautiful. She is white all over. The Crow says to the Swan, “How beautiful you look! I wish I were white like you.” The Swan does not reply. She glides away. The Crow comes to the lake every day. He comes to look at the Swan. The Crow says to himself, I may become white, too.”
So he goes into the water. Soon the Crow comes out of the water. He looks at himself all over. He is wet, but still black. The Crow then says to himself, “If I stay in the water, I may become white.” So he goes into the water again. The Crow stays in the water the whole day and night. By morning, the Crow feels very cold. He comes out of the water. The Crow looks at himself all over. He is still black. The Crow is very sad. He goes away.