What benefits will these stories bring to your children?
Fables never get old, with their charm and the fun that they bring, to their countless educational qualities. These short stories do not only entertain, but they also teach and guide. A very attractive combination.
What differences are there between fables and more conventional children’s stories? A fable is a short narrative, usually written in verses (although not a requirement), structured to include a moral or specific teaching.
These tales are ideal for children as they are very easy to understand. The vocabulary used is usually simple, with animals used as main characters or fictional beings used to stimulate children’s imaginations, making them easy to relate to.
The origin of fables is unclear, but we do know that they are very old. Old civilizations like the Mesopotamians were already harvesting these marvelous forms of literature. However, the oldest children’s tales most commonly known are from ancient Greece.
What can your children gain from the many fables? The list of benefits is long but the following stand out:
- They encourage and promote a liking for literature. Simple, quick, entertaining, full of imagination… fables are a perfect way to get children into reading before getting into longer stories or novels.
- They make children reflect on the content used. The morals embedded in the stories are perfect to make children learn and reflect on simple concepts that will aid them to make both ethical and moral decisions in their futures.
- They teach values. Similar to the previous point, fables subtly introduce to children to what is right and wrong using characters who can be easily related to.
- They train their memory and stimulate creativity. As these stories are short and full of imagination, fables help children develop both their memories and their creative minds at the same time.
Best short stories that you can read to your kids
The Hare And The Tortoise. A classic that will never go out of date. The hare and the tortoise is an entertaining story in that children will learn that excessive confidence and underestimating a rival is never a good idea.
The Milkmaid And Her Pail. Another classic, the story about the milkmaid hides many important lessons. From this fable, children will learn to be realistic, to keep their feet on the ground and to never be led on by an excess of ambition.
The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing. This ancient fable, written by Esopo in ancient Greece, is primarily about how appearances can be deceptive. It is also very well know and the moral of the story is probably one of the most important things that children can learn.
The Ant And The Grasshopper. Another fable that has been passed down through generations with great success. In this tale, children should learn the importance of hard work and perseverance and that in general, shortcuts do not exist in life.
The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs. Children will often hear the phrase related to this fable, “Kill the goose of the golden eggs”, but, will they understand it? Be sure to read them this sobering tale that comes from excessive greediness.
The Horse And The Donkey. There are many fables that teach us about teamwork, compassion and in general, the importance of thinking about others. In this fable, the horse refuses to help the donkey and is taught a valuable lesson.
The Lion And The Mouse. Another fable using animals as the main characters, and again, a fantastic lesson for small children. Generosity and teamwork are much more efficient than rage and frustration.
These are just a few examples of the best fables for children that you will find. If you search for more, you will undoubtedly find many more short stories that both you and your children will have fun reading, at the same time as becoming addicted to the habit of reading! Get to it!
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