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Moral Short Stories With Pictures: Clever Rabbit & Foolish Lion

Updated on May 9, 2017

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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      Mehari Gizaw 6 months ago

      Adapted very well to a human way of life.

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      Williemorris 9 months ago from Los Angeles, California

      What a cute story, really! Is it to possible to do with Powerpoint templates ( smth like ) ? I want to make a kinda story for my lil nephew, I like your idea!

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      Mr. Mahmoud Gamal 11 months ago

      The moral is

      If you tried to get someone on a trap, You may fall in the same trap.

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      faith 13 months ago

      can you tell the moral story because i dont find it.

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      vivoree 13 months ago

      what is the moral i cannot find it

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 17 months 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 18 months ago

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

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      monisha 22 months ago

      much intrestimg and lovely story

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      krish 2 years ago

      ilove this site

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      Shweta raghav 2 years ago

      nice moral story.

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      sneha shetty 2 years ago

      Include the story of the model

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      kowsalya 2 years ago

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

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      Abhishek Kumar 2 years ago

      very nice

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      aangela 2 years ago

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

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      Janif 3 years ago

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

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      wwriter 3 years ago from India

      Thank you

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      usman 3 years ago


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      geramesh 4 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 4 years ago from India

      Thank you Jane Arden.

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      Jane Arden 4 years ago

      Loved this hub and totally agree with you.

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      Nachu 4 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 5 years ago from India

      Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Shrikrishna Potdar 5 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.

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      nisa 5 years ago

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

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      wwriter 5 years ago from India

      Thank you. I am glad you liked it.

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      Annemari 5 years ago from Tiny part of the World

      Nice moral story.

      I've published hubs as well. Visit Annemari