Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables are among the oldest children’s stories in the world. But they were not actually written to be children’s stories. They were written in ancient Greece for adults as clever lessons in wisdom. Other famous people who were into wisdom mentioned Aesop in their writing: Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch.

Some people think that Aesop could not possibly have written all of the fables attributed to him because he was a slave. Perhaps we cannot imagine that a slave may be literate. They think that using Aesop’s name allowed other writers to remain anonymous. There may have been an advantage to remaining behind the scenes, as some thinkers, also called philosophers, lost their lives for their teachings!

Today, there are many versions of Aesop’s Fables. Here are just three of the many sites available. You could also check your public library for print versions. These are appropriate for children, but older children would better understand the “punch lines” or morals.

A few Aesop’s Fables with Audio

Many Fables

This is a beautifully illustrated online book version*

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*This book is in the Public domain.

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