The Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks The KISS Workbooks Anthology
Belling the Cat
The ÆSOP for Children
with Pictures by Milo Winter
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," or "DO").
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function. If it functions as an adjective or an adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause.

     The Mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves

of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing

when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, 

something had to be done, for they lived in such constant fear of her claws

that they hardly dared stir from their dens by night or day.

     Many plans were discussed, but none of them was thought good enough.

At last a very young Mouse got up and said:

"I have a plan that seems very simple, but I know it will be successful. All 

we have to do is to hang a bell about the Cat's neck. When we hear the bell 

ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming."

     All the Mice were much surprised that they had not thought of such a 

plan before. But in the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune, an

old Mouse arose and said:

     "I will say that the plan of the young Mouse is very good. But let me 

ask one question: Who will bell the Cat?"

It is one thing to say that something should be done, 

but quite a different matter to do it.