Short Stories


Aesop was a Greek fabulist credited with a collection of stories known as Aesop's Fables. We feature them in our Favorite Fairy Tales. Fables feature an important moral or "life lesson" that is usually wrapped up in a clever final pronouncement delivered with proverbial flair; "There's a time for work and a time for play", "Slow and steady wins the race", "Familiarity breeds contempt", and "A kindness is never wasted".

Though Aesop's own story is a result of myth and legend, it is widely believed that he was a slave from Phrygia, around 600 BC. Aesop lived at the court of King Croesus, after having served many masters as a slave. He shared his wisdom and clever wit by telling humorous tales, while serving on several missions at the pleasure of the King.

There are over 150 of Aesop's Fables here for you to enjoy -- this catalog of fables is also accessible from the Children's Library. Many of Aesop's Fables illustrate the meaning of popular Idioms, figurative language and phrases that can be confusing to children and English language learners. Most of the stories in this collection have wonderful illustrations and are a a delight to enjoy with your family.

We hope you take the time to share Aesop's Fables with your children and grandchildren or favorite nieces and nephews. Several Aesop stories are featured in Pre-K Read-Aloud Stories and Children's Stories

If your child is too young to read, let them choose a fable by selecting one of the images below. See if they can guess what the story might be about just by looking at the picture, then read it together.

Grown-ups might also like the fable parody poems by Guy Wetmore Carryl, titled Fables for the Frivolous, and George Ade's Fables in Slang.

The Tortoise and the Ducks The Wolf and the Kid The Frogs and the Ox The Young Crab and His Mother The Dog the Cock and The Fox Belling the Cat The Eagle and the Jackdaw The kid and the wolf The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse The Fox and the Grapes The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse The Ass and his Driver The Wolf and the Crane The Lion and the Mouse The Gnat and the Bull The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf The Farmer and the Stork The Plane Tree The Sheep and the Pig The Travelers and the Purse The Frogs who Wished for a King The Owl The Grasshopper The Wolf and his Shadow The Oak and the Reeds The Boys and the Frogs The Crow and the Pitcher A Raven and a Swan The Ants and the Grasshopper The Ass and the Load of Salt The Two Goats The Lion and the Gnat The Monkey and the Camel The Lion the Bear and the Fox The Wild Boar and the Fox The Hares and the Frogs The Wolf and the Lamb The Fox The Stork The Stag and his Reflection The Wolf and the Lion The Mice and the Weasels The Peacock The Fox and the Lion The Lion and the Ass The Vain Jackdaw The Vain Jackdaw 2 The Monkey and the Dolphin The Wolf and the Ass The Dogs and the Hides The Monkey and the Cat The Bear and the Bees The Fox and the Leopard The Heron The Dog in the Manger The Wolf and the Goat The Cat the Cock and the Young Mouse The Fox and the Goat The Peacock and the Crane The Wolf and the Shepherd The Farmer and his Sons The Two Pots The Fighting Bulls and the Frog The Goose and the Golden Egg The Goatherd and the Wild Goats The Spendthrift and the Swallow The Astrologer Three Bullocks and a Lion Mercury and the Woodman The Frog and the Mouse The Wolf in Sheeps Clothing The Bull and the Goat The Eagle and the Beetle The Ass and the Lap Dog The Old Lion and the Fox The Milkmaid and her Pail The Miser The Fox and the Hedgehog The Wolf and the House Dog The Bat and the Weasels The Fox Without a Tail The Mischievous Dog The Rose and the Butterfly The Cat and the Fox The Fox and the Pheasants Two Travelers and a Bear The Fox and the Monkey The Mother and the Wolf The Stag the Sheep and the Wolf The Animals and the Plague The Shepherd and the Lion The Dog and his Reflection The Tortoise and the Hare The Bees and Wasps and the Hornet The Cat and the Old Rat The Lark and her Young Ones The ass and its Shadow The Fox and the Crow The Miller his Son and the Ass The Miller his Son and the Ass 2 The Ant and the Dove The Man and the Satyr The Lion the Ass and the Fox The Wolf the Kid and the Goat The Lion's Share The North Wind The Hare and His Ears The sun The Ass in the Lion's Skin The Fisherman and the Little Fish The F ighting Cocks and the Eagle The Fox and the Cock The Fox and the Stork The Owl and the Grasshopper

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