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Aesop's Fables With The Morals It Teaches Children And Kids! How Do I Teach Children A Lesson?

Updated on June 19, 2013

Who Is Aesop

 Aesop is famous for a life lived almost 2000 years ago.  There are hundreds of stories credited to Aesop even though some of the stories were probably written by others.

The legend of Aesop claims he lived around the sixth century BC.  He was born a slave and was owned by two different masters.  He was granted his freedom due to his wit and intelligence.  Once acquiring his freedom he traveled extensively telling his stories.  King Crosius of Lydia was so impressed with Aesop that he soon became a member of the kings court.

While on a mission to Delphi for the king he was discouraged when he arrived at an obvious discrepancy in the kings orders.  the citizens of Delphi put a golden bowl from Apollo's temple in his luggage.  The Delphians then captured him on his way home upon searching his belongings the bowl was found.  He was found guilty of sacrilege to the god Apollo and thrown from a cliff.

The Fables

The fables are short stories which teach a moral lesson. Children will enjoy reading the stories with their parents. Parents will find it fun to teach your children during quality reading time.

I will provide a couple of examples and I hope you pursue the fables to be read to your children and/or your grandchildren. I am sure you know some of these fables already even if you do not realize that they came from Aesop.

If you are looking for some great stories you need look no further than the classic group of fables attributed to Aesop.

The Ant And The Grasshopper

 In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

"Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"

"I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

Then the Grasshopper knew...

It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

The Wolf In Sheeps Clothing

A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put in on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep.

The Lamb that belonged to the sheep, whose skin the Wolf was wearing, began to follow the Wolf in the Sheep's clothing.

So, leading the Lamb a little apart, he soon made a meal off her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals.

Appearances are deceptive.

The Lion and the Mouse


Once when a Lion was asleep, a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.

"Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse, "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it. Who knows but I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?"

The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go.

Some time hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on.

Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts.

"Was I not right?" said the little Mouse.

Little friends may prove great friends.


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      Felisa Daskeo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Just found out this hub and I am happy for you writing about the fables. I have adored and read most of Aesop's fables. Vox is right, the fables are not only for kids but also for adults.

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      haindavi 5 years ago

      aesop's fables are very useful forchildren and also adults the morals of these stories teaches us a very good manner really the aesop was very wise man. thanks for writing.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you so much for this. I had no idea that Aesop lived so long ago. He was almost a wise man and teacher, wasn't he? Thanks for writing x

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      I loved reading these to my children because I learned so much from them (again). I too look forward to sharing them with grandchildren one of these days! Excellent thoughts.

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      Arthur Fontes 7 years ago from Fall River,MA

      vox vocis I enjoyed Aesop as a child. I also enjoyed them as a parent. I am looking forward to reading them to my grandchildren.

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      Jasmine 7 years ago

      The moral lessons in Aesop´s stories are sooooo TRUE! People are wrong to think these stories are for children only. Adults should read one each day - it helps better thinking!