A fable is a very short story with a moral. Fables are fun to tell, and help teach good behavior as well.
Aesop was a storyteller. He lived around 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece. Aesop's favorite story to tell was a fable, because they were short and they were fun. His audience would stay interested in the stories he told.
There is no record that Aesop ever wrote anything down. He probably just remembered the stories he told. But after his death, people who could write did not want to lose the stories he told. They wrote them down. It's a good thing they did, too, or these delightful fables might have been lost forever. Instead, we still enjoy them today.
Here is one of our favorite fables told long ago by an ancient storyteller named Aesop.
The Fox and the Goat
Once upon a time, a long time ago, a fox fell down a well. He was stuck there for a quite a while. Finally, a goat wandered by.
"What are you doing?" asked the goat curiously.
"Stay away," snarled the fox. "This is my water."
"That's not fair," snapped the goat. "Why should you get all the water?" Before the fox could say another word, the goat jumped in the well.
Quick as a flash, the fox leaped on the goat's back and out of the well. He ran happily off, leaving the goat stuck in the well.
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY:
Do not always believe what you hear from someone who is in trouble.