Aesop: The Forefather of Fables
Aesop’s birthday is June 4th and it is a chance to celebrate the amazing fables that have been credited to Aesop.
History of Aesop
Aesop is said to be a Greek slave that lived in the 6th Century BC. His life is a mystery and historians cannot agree on a factual account of his life. However, most history books believe that Aesop was a slave born around 620 BC. He was given his freedom due to his intelligence and storytelling ability. Aesop became popular for his stories that involved animals who showed human qualities.
What is your favourite fable?
My favorite fable is the Hare and the Tortoise. I love it. I must admit that teaching fables at school is very enjoyable for me and my students. Fables give students the opportunity to practice their reading and comprehension. And now that my daughter is getting older I can start telling her some of these wondrous stories.
I believe the reason why these fables have become so successful and are still told today is because they are simple, short, use animals and end with a moral. And also they do not need a book or pictures to be told. Parents can tell them in bed, in the car, or when going for a walk. This original type of storytelling has allowed the Fables to live on today and I hope they continue to be read in future generations.
Some other famous fables are:
1.) The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a story about a boy who lies about his sheep being attacked by a wolf. People come to help him but he doesn’t need help. When he is really in trouble and his sheep are being attacked by a wolf, no one comes to help him.
2.) The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs is a story about a farmer and his wife who have a Goose that lays golden eggs. They get greedy and want all their wealth to come at once and kill the goose only to realize that the goose was just like any other goose.
What is your favourite Aesop tale? Let us know in the comment section below.
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