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Fables are generally short stories about animals or inanimate things that are often used to call attention to inappropriate behavior and to transmit teachings and values to children. They are an adequate tool to work and educate children with values such as empathy, sensitivity and imagination. Thinking about it, our site has selected these 6 fables of Aesop so you can tell them to your children in the waiting room for a consultation, when leaving school, or better yet, at bedtime.
Fables are stories that were written many years ago but are still important in the education of children. Like children's stories, fables are transmitters of stories loaded with cultures and values. To follow, we tell you 6 very short fables, ideal for children's bedtime.
1. The north wind and the sun. Aesop's Fable
The north wind and the sun disputed their powers, and to see who was the strongest they decided to grant a palm to the one who would strip a traveler of his clothes. The north wind started first, blew violently, but the man pressed his clothes against him. Then the wind blew harder, but the man, upset by the cold, put on another dress. The north wind, defeated, gave it to the sun.
This began to light up softly and the man took off his second dress, then slowly sent his most fiery rays, until the man, unable to resist the heat any longer, took off his clothes to go bathe in the neighboring river.
Moral: Persuasion is much more powerful than violence.
2. Mules and robbers. Aesop's Fable
Two mules, well loaded on their backs, trudged along the road. One carried sacks of money and the other carried grain. The mule that carried the money walked with its head up, as if it knew the value of its load, and moved the ringing bells attached to its neck up and down. Meanwhile, his companion continued with the calm and silent step.
Suddenly some thieves advanced on them from their hiding places, and in the quarrel with their owners, the mule carrying the money was wounded with a sword, and they greedily took the money, ignoring the grain. The mule that had been stolen and wounded mourned its misfortunes. The other replied:
- I am indeed very happy that I was despised, because I have not lost anything and they did not hurt me either.
Moral: The boisterous display of wealth brings only misfortune.
3. The proud wolf and the lion. Aesop's Fable
One day a wolf was wandering along lonely paths at the hour when the sun was setting on the horizon, and seeing its beautifully elongated shadow, he exclaimed:
- How is the lion going to scare me with such a size that I have? At thirty meters long, it will be very easy for me to become king of the animals!
And while he was dreaming of his pride, a mighty lion fell on him and began to devour him. Then the wolf, changing his mind, said to himself:
- Presumption is the cause of my misfortune.
Moral: Never value your virtues by the appearance with which your eyes see them, because you will easily deceive yourself.
4. The frogs asking for a king. Fable of Samaniego
Without a King, the frogs lived, free and independent. They reigned alone in an immense lagoon. But tired of the disorder in which they lived, the frogs finally wanted a king, and they asked Zeus. At their request, Zeus sent a thick log to their pond. The frogs frightened by the noise the stick made when it fell, they hid where best they could. And seeing that the log did not move, they came to the surface and given the prevailing stillness, they began to feel such great contempt for the new king that they jumped on him and sat on him, mocking him without rest.
And so, feeling humiliated for having a simple tree as monarch, they returned to Zeus, asking him to change the king, since he was too calm. Outraged, Zeus sent them an active water snake that, one by one, caught them and devoured them all mercilessly.
Moral: When choosing the rulers, it is better to choose a simple and honest one, instead of a very entrepreneurial but evil or corrupt one.
5. The wolf in sheep's clothing. Aesop's Fable
He thought one day a wolf would change his appearance in order to get his food. Then he got into a sheepskin and went to graze with the flock, totally misleading the shepherd. At dusk, for his protection, he was taken along with the entire herd to a confinement, the door being secured.
But at night, the shepherd looking for his supply of meat for the next day, he took the wolf believing it to be a lamb and slaughtered it instantly.
Moral:As we deceive, so will we receive the damage.
6. The flies. Aesop's Fable
In a lush forest, a rich and delicious honey spilled from a honeycomb, and flies came quickly and eagerly to devour it. And the honey was so sweet and luscious that the flies couldn't stop eating it. What the flies did not realize is that their legs were catching on the honey and that they could no longer take flight again.
About to drown in their exquisite treasure, the flies exclaimed:
- We are dying, unfortunate us, for wanting to take everything in an instant of pleasure!
Moral: Always take the most beautiful things in your life with serenity, so that you can enjoy them fully. Don't go drowning inside them.
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