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What is a Fable?
Stories that point out lessons are called fables. Many people know the fable about the three little pigs. The pigs leave home and go out into the world to make their fortunes. Of course, they have to build places in which to live. The first little pig makes his house of straw. The second little pig also takes things easily, building his house of sticks. The third little pig works hard and long to make a house of bricks—a good, sturdy house. Along comes a wolf who blows down the houses of straw and sticks and eats the two lazy little pigs. All his huffing and puffing, however, cannot blow down the house of bricks.
Famous Fables by Aesop
The greatest teller of fables was Aesop. He was believed to be a slave in ancient Greece. His stories are simple moral lessons illustrated usually by the actions and speech of animals. Some of his best-known fables are “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Fox and the Stork,” “The Hare and the Tortoise,” “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” “The Fox and the Grapes,” “The Frogs Desiring a King,” and “The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf.”
Another common type of story is the fable, which presents a moral, or lesson about human behavior. Fables usually feature animals behaving and speaking as humans.
(died 564? bc). What little is known of Aesop, the legendary Greek teller of fables, is recounted by such ancient Greek authors as Herodotus, Aristotle, Aristophanes, and Plutarch.
Fable is a brief fictitious story that teaches a moral. In most fables, one or more of the characters is an animal, plant, or thing that talks and acts like a person. A fable may be told in prose or in verse.
The Æsop for Children
A List of the Fables to read in digital format. The Frogs & the Ox; Belling the Cat; The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse; The Fox & the Grapes; The Wolf & the Crane; The Lion & the Mouse...
Welcome to Aesop's Fables
Alphabetical Index of Fables
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