Moral Short Stories With Pictures: Clever Rabbit & Foolish Lion

Moral Stories for Kids with Pictures

Who doesn't love a good tale? Kids love short stories, especially with a moral to discuss. Children in nursery school, pre-school, or at the kindergarten level (pre-kg, lkg, and ukg) enjoy listening to stories as part of their day. Of course, the morals should be too obvious. The best stories leave the moral unspoken explicitly. Kids should get it by themselves, rather than being told a moral.

Among the best of gifts you can give a child is a love of reading and, of course, a stock of good books. The best way to do this is to tell them stories from an early age or read aloud to them. There is a vast treasure of stories for children: Aesop's fables, Panchtantra, Jataka tales, Arabian nights, folk tales, and fairy tales. Even the longer of these stories can be told as short versions to nursery, kindergarten, or preschool kids.

Here is an interesting one from the Panchatantra, about a clever rabbit and how it outwitted the powerful, but foolish lion.

The Clever Rabbit and the Foolish Lion

The clever rabbit: Moral stories for kids
The clever rabbit: Moral stories for kids

Terro Lion was a very proud lion. He was a real terror in the jungle. He often just roared and killed animals, even when he was not very hungry.

The terrified animals of the jungle one day called for a meeting. “We must put and end to this menace,” Forro fox cried. “But how,” wondered the other animals. “Terro is so big and strong, none of can even touch him. I guess we will have to just live with this, more likely die with this!”

But Buns Rabbit was not the kind to give up. He thought of a plan.

The next day Merry Monkey went to the lion and said, “My majestic lord! You are so mighty, you are lord of us all. But you know what? Buns Rabbit says he has seen someone even more powerful than you.”

Upon hearing this Terro Lion roared. He asked Merry to go and send Buns Rabbit to him.

The clever Buns came up to Terro.

“Hey Buns, you puny fellow," roared Terro. "What’s all this nonsense about a more powerful lion than me in the jungle?"

Buns said, “My lord, you are indeed mighty. Forgive me, I am just telling what I saw. I saw a huge lion yesterday.”

Terro roared aloud, “Where is he? I will have him for breakfast today! There is no one more mighty than me. Take me to him.”

The clever Buns took Terro to a lake. He then pointed to the water in the lake and said, “My lord, I saw the huge lion cooling off in this lake.”

Terro peeped into the water. He saw his own face in the water. He roared loudly. He saw his image in the water roaring back at him. He was so angry, that he forgot everything, even that he didn’t know how to swim.

“How dare you roar back at mighty me. I will finish you.” He cried and jumped right into the lake. Terro drowned.

Buns Rabbit happily took the news of Terro’s end to the other animals. There was joy in the jungle.

You can tell many such to kids. They enjoy them and slowly understand the morals. Enjoy this and other stories and reading them to a child in your life.

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grand old lady 9 days ago from Philippines

Wonderfl children's story. So easy and interesting for the child and the parent who will be reading the story to the child. Congratulations:)

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Kalyani Tiwari 5 weeks ago

Very good moral stories for kids. For more such stories visit

monisha 5 months ago

much intrestimg and lovely story

krish 12 months ago

ilove this site

Shweta raghav 12 months ago

nice moral story.

sneha shetty 12 months ago

Include the story of the model

kowsalya 13 months ago

Nice stories and the pictures are attractive . children can easily understand

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Abhishek Kumar 17 months ago

very nice

aangela 18 months ago

ssooo nice,......i love it

Janif 21 months ago

This is a moral story and i love this it is perfect story for kids brain develop.

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wwriter 23 months ago from India Author

Thank you

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geramesh 2 years ago

Where i can get power point or cartoon movie for the story of an eagle which lived with chickens in a barnyard and later a naturalist showed it the real identity and it flew away

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wwriter 2 years ago from India Author

Thank you Jane Arden.

Jane Arden 2 years ago

Loved this hub and totally agree with you.

Nachu 3 years ago

I loves this one but u can have some more exciting more!!

But anyway u had done a very good job!!

I am saying the truth!!

So thank you $$!

BY Nachu!!

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wwriter 3 years ago from India Author

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Shrikrishnap 3 years ago from Bangalore

:) Thank you for this nice story. Actually all these moral stories for kids can be enjoyed by any age group. It is very refreshing to read these stories.

Last week I stumbled upon one of such stories & I could control myself from posting it on my hub. Thanks again.

nisa 4 years ago

thank you.i've made my own moral value:D

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wwriter 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you. I am glad you liked it.

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Annemari 4 years ago from Tiny part of the World

Nice moral story.

I've published hubs as well. Visit Annemari

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