Aesop was an ancient Greek storyteller.
He lived 2500 years ago, around 550 BCE.
Some say he was a slave who so
delighted his master with his stories that Aesop was given his
freedom. The Greeks were like that. They rewarded talent. That old
legend could be true.
There are no records to prove that
Aesop ever wrote anything down. Fortunately, many years after his
death, people started to write down the fables Aesop collected, so
they could be more easily shared.
Over the centuries, Aesop's fables have
been rewritten and published and illustrated and translated into
almost every language in the world.
Here is one of our favorite stories by
the ancient Greek storyteller, Aesop:
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.
are you doing?" asked the goat curiously.
away," snarled the fox. "This is my water."
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.
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.