Patty the Milkmaid was going to
market carrying her milk in a Pail
on her head. As she went along she
began calculating what she would do
with the money she would get for the
"I'll buy some fowls from Farmer
Brown," said she, "and they
will lay eggs each morning, which I
will sell to the parson's wife. With
the money that I get from the sale
of these eggs I'll buy myself a new
dimity frock and a chip hat; and
when I go to market, won't all the
young men come up and speak to me!
Polly Shaw will be that jealous; but
I don't care. I shall just look at
her and toss my head like this".
As she spoke she tossed her head
back, the Pail fell off it, and all
the milk was spilt. So she had to go
home and tell her mother what had
"Ah, my child," said the
mother: "Do not count your
chickens before they are hatched"
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"Do not count your chickens
they are hatched"