A fable is a very short story with a lesson to teach, called 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.
Some scholars think Aesop never existed. Others believe he was a slave in ancient Greece. Since nobody knows for sure, we prefer to believe there was a storyteller in ancient Greece named Aesop. There is no record that Aesop ever wrote anything down. He probably just remembered the stories he told, and told them orally. About 2,000 years later, a monk wrote down these wonderful tales of talking animals and little morals. They have been know as "Aesop's Fables" ever since.
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.