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.
Fox and the Goat
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.
MORAL OF THIS STORY:
not always believe what you hear from
someone who is in trouble.
are more Aesop's fables
Fox and the Crow
Fox and Sick Lion
and His Fables (presentation in PowerPoint format,
includes an illustrated fable)
Boy Who Cried Wolf
Ant and the Grasshopper (and other Aesop Fables)