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The Æsop for Children 

Fables from 001 to 007

Aesop's Fables are like a treasure trove of stories told by a guy named Aesop, who lived in ancient Greece a long time ago, around 620 to 564 BCE. These stories have traveled through time in lots of different ways, popping up in books, movies, and even cartoons today.

Back then, Aesop didn't write down his stories. They were passed along by people telling them to each other. It wasn't until about 300 years after Aesop's time that someone wrote them down. During those years, people added more stories to the collection, some even coming from places outside of Greece!

People in different countries and languages liked Aesop's stories so much that they wrote them down in Latin, Greek, and even in their own languages. When printing was invented, Aesop's Fables were some of the first books printed, spreading his stories far and wide.

Originally, these stories were meant for grown-ups and talked about all sorts of stuff like religion, society, and politics. But as time went on, they became super popular for teaching kids important lessons too. You might even find Aesop's stories in your school books!

Artists also liked Aesop's stories, and they made paintings and sculptures about them. Some stories even turned into plays and songs! Over time, people have changed how they understand these stories, finding new meanings and ways to tell them.

So, Aesop's Fables have been around for a really long time, teaching lessons and entertaining people all over the world!
About the Æsop for Children
Aesop for Children contains the text of selected fables, color pictures, video, and interactive animations, and will be enjoyed by readers of any age.
“Aesop's Fables”—also called “the Aesopica”—are a collection of stories designed to teach moral lessons credited to Aesop, a Greek slave and story-teller thought to have lived between 620 and 560 BCE.
Aesop's fables are some of the most well known in the world and have been translated in multiple languages and become popular in dozens of cultures through the course of five centuries. They have been told and retold in a variety of media, from oral tradition to written storybooks to stage, film and animated cartoon versions—even in architecture.
The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today. Younger scholars will be able to trace the origin of aphorisms such as “sour grapes” and “a bird in the hand.”
This interactive book is presented by the Library of Congress, adapted from the book “The Aesop for Children: with Pictures by Milo Winter,” published by Rand, McNally & Co in 1919. This work is considered to be in the public domain in the United States.
Milo Winter’s pictures have been transformed for this interactive book, and now readers can interact with the charming illustrations to see and hear them move: a choosy heron eyes the fish swimming at his feet, a fox swishes his tail, a mouse chews a rope and frees a lion.
List of the Fables   Retold by Veeraswamy Krishnaraj

001. The Frog and the Ox

1. An ox was grazing in the meadow, felt thirsty, went to a lake to quench its thirst, and accidentally stepped on a flotilla of frogs.

2. Almost all of them jumped out of danger and escaped the crush of the cloven hooves of the ox.   One frog, caught under the ox’s foot, was crushed to death.

3. The siblings croaked and cried out of desperation. Soon the mother came hearing the hullaballoo and panic calls of the brood. The froglets came forward telling the mother that the big  beast killed their brother and it was the biggest they ever saw in their lives.

4. The mother blew the belly up to impress the froglets and to match the size of the bull. They all said, ‘’The beast was bigger.’’

5. The mother blew up some more, and then some more. The froglets chorused, ‘’Even bigger.’’ This went on back and forth. The mother inflated herself to exhaustion and burst into smithereens.

Lessons. If you tried to ape others, you come to ruin. Know your limitations. Do not attempt the impossible.

002 Belling the cat

1.    The Mice convened a gathering to strategize a way to escape their nemesis, the canny Cat. They desired a method to detect her approach, giving them time to flee. Their lives were overshadowed by fear of her claws, restricting their movements night and day.

2.    They tossed around numerous strategies, but none seemed satisfactory. Finally, a youthful Mouse stood up and spoke:

3.    "I propose a straightforward solution which I believe will be effective.

4.    "We simply need to place a bell around the Cat’s neck. The sound of the bell will alert us whenever she is near."

5.    The idea struck the Mice as remarkably ingenious, something they hadn’t considered before. Amid their celebration, however, an elderly Mouse stood and voiced a concern:

6.    "The young Mouse’s idea is commendable. But I must pose a critical question: Who will bell the Cat?"  

Lesson: Proposing a solution is one thing, implementing it is another entirely.

003 The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse

1.  Once, a Town Mouse visited her country-dwelling cousin. For lunch, the Country Mouse offered wheat stalks, roots, and acorns, complemented with a splash of cold water for a drink. The Town Mouse ate sparingly, sampling just a bit of each item and subtly indicating through her behavior that she was eating the humble meal merely out of politeness.

2.  After eating the not so sumptuous meals, the two mice spent time chatting; the Town Mouse spoke about her urban life while the Country Mouse listened attentively. That night, they slept comfortably in a snug nest in the hedgerow, and the Country Mouse dreamt of living in the city, surrounded by the luxuries her cousin had described. The next morning, when the Town Mouse invited her to visit the city, the Country Mouse eagerly accepted.

3.  Upon arriving at the Town Mouse's grand urban mansion, they discovered remnants of a lavish banquet on the dining room table. Tempting treats like sweetmeats, jellies, pastries, and exquisite cheeses were spread out before them. Just as the Country Mouse was about to taste a piece of pastry, a loud meow and scratching at the door startled them. Terrified, they quickly hid and remained silent for a long while. When they finally dared to return, servants burst in to clean up, closely followed by a large house dog.

4.  The Country Mouse quickly gathered her carpet bag and umbrella from the Town Mouse’s den.

5.  As she left, the Country Mouse declared, "Though you have your luxuries and delicacies, I prefer my simple, rustic fare and the peace and security of country life."

     Lesson: Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.

004. The Fox & the Grapes

1. One day, a grey Fox spotted a beautiful and juicy cluster of ripe grapes dangling from a vine that wound up a tree. The grapes looked perfectly ripe, tempting the Fox to drool.
2. The grapes were hanging from a high branch, prompting the Fox to jump to reach them. On his first attempt, he missed by a great margin. He then backed up a bit and took a running leap, but still fell short once again. Despite repeated attempts, he couldn't grasp the grapes.
3. Finally, the Fox sat down, looking at the grapes with revulsion, its snooty snout up in the air and sporting a wry face.
4. "What a fool I am," he muttered to himself. "I'm exhausting myself for sour grapes that probably aren't worth the effort."
5. With that, he walked away, his departure marked by a palpable air of contempt.
There are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach.

Comment: ''Foxes are great climbers They have sharp claws, which allow them to grip onto the bark of the tree or fence without slipping off. Foxes also use their tails as a counterweight when climbing up. By doing this, foxes can easily climb up into tall trees. Foxes may also climb over your fence if they smell something they can eat in your garden.''

Why did this grey Fox not climb up on the tree to which the grape vine was clinging and then eat the juicy grapes?

Sour grapes

This grey Fox must have been debilitated to climb the tree.

 005. The Wolf & the Crane
1. A gluttonous Wolf gorged fast, resulting in a bone getting stuck in his throat, preventing him from regurgitating or swallowing the bone. He salivated profusely from the obstruction.
2. Seeking a solution, he approached a Crane, confident that her long neck and bill could dislodge and extract the bone.
3. "I will reward you generously if you pull that bone out for me," the Wolf promised.
4. Though apprehensive about putting her head into a Wolf's throat, the Crane, driven by her own grasping nature, complied with the Wolf's request.
5. Once the bone was removed, the Wolf made a quick exit without fulfilling his promise.
6. "What about my reward?" the Crane anxiously inquired.
7. In response, the Wolf snarled, questioning her need for further reward after he had allowed her to withdraw her head safely without snapping it .
                                                The moral: serving the wicked brings no reward.
006.The Lion & the Mouse
1. A Lion was sleeping soundly after a hearty meal in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him by happenstance, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion's sensitive nose. Roused from his deep sleep, the Lion reflexively laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.
2. "Spare me, Your Royal Highness!" begged the poor Mouse. "Please let me go and someday I will surely repay you."
3. The Lion was much amused to think that a Mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go.
4. Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the Lion was caught in the coils of a hunter's net. Unable to free himself, he roared so loud that the forest resonated with the sound. The Mouse knew the voice and quickly found the Lion rolling and writhing in the net in vain. Running to one of the great ropes that bound him, she gnawed it until it parted, and soon the Lion was free.
5. "Your Highness! You laughed when I said I would repay you," said the Mouse. "Now you see that even a Mouse can help a Lion."
                                                                                   A kindness is never wasted.
007 The Gnat & the Bull
1. A Gnat flew over the meadow with much buzzing for so small a creature and settled on the tip of one of the horns of a Bull. After he had rested a short time, he was ready to fly away. But before he left, he begged the Bull's pardon for having used his horn for a resting place without his express permission.
2. " Dear big and brawny Bull!  You must be very glad to have me go now," he said.
3. "It's all the same to me," replied the Bull. "I did not even know you were there."
We are often of greater importance in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbor. The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

Commrnt: The tip of the horn is insensitive but can cause injuries to man and animals. Besides the horn may be in the way of the eyesight of the animal. Tipping of the horns under these circumstances helps the animal, other animals and man. Tipping = shaving of the insensitive part of the horn.

1.    The Frogs & the Ox

2.  Belling the Cat

3.  The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse

4.  The Fox & the Grapes

5.   The Wolf & the Crane

6.  The Lion & the Mouse

7.   The Gnat & the Bull

8.  The Plane Tree

9.  The Owl & the Grasshopper

10.  The Oak & the Reeds

11.  The Crow & the Pitcher

12.  The Two Goats

13. The Wild Boar & the Fox

14. The Heron

15. The Fox & the Stork

16. The Stag & His Reflection

17.  The Cock & the Fox

18. The Fox & the Goat

19.  The Fox & the Leopard

20. The Frog & the Mouse

21. The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

22. The Eagle & the Beetle

23. The Mother & the Wolf

24. The Hare & the Tortoise

25.  The Dog & His Reflection

26.  The Fox & the Crow

27. The Ant & the Dove

28.  The Man & the Satyr

29.The Hare & His Ears

30.  The Fisherman & the Little Fish

31. The Wolf & the Kid

32. The Tortoise & the Ducks

33. The Young Crab & His Mother

34. The Dog, the Cock, & the Fox

35.  The Eagle & the Jackdaw

36. The Boy & the Filberts

37. Hercules & the Wagoner

38. The Kid & the Wolf

39.  The Bundle of Sticks

40. The Ass & His Driver

41. The Oxen & the Wheels

42. The Shepherd Boy & the Wolf

43.  The Farmer & the Stork

44. The Sheep & the Pig

45. The Travelers & the Purse

46.  The Lion & the Ass

47.  The Frogs Who Wished for a King

48. The Wolf & His Shadow

49.   The Rat & the Elephant

50. The Boys & the Frogs

51. The Ants & the Grasshopper

52. The Ass Carrying the Image

53.  A Raven & a Swan

54.  The Ass & the Load of Salt

55.  The Lion & the Gnat

56. The Leap at Rhodes

57. The Cock & the Jewel

58. The Monkey & the Camel

59.  The Ass, the Fox, & the Lion

60.  The Birds, the Beasts, & the Bat

61.  The Lion, the Bear, & the Fox

62.   The Wolf & the Lamb

63.  The Wolf & the Sheep

64.  The Hares & the Frogs

65.  The Travelers & the Sea

66. The Wolf & the Lion

67.  The Peacock

68.  The Mice & the Weasels

69.  The Wolf & the Lean Dog

70.  The Fox & the Lion

71.  The Dog & his Master's Dinner

72. The Vain JackDaw & his Borrowed Feathers

73.  The Monkey & the Dolphin

74.  The Wolf & the Ass

75.  The Monkey & the Cat

76.  The Dogs & the Fox

77.  The Dogs & the Hides

78. The Rabbit, the Weasel, & the Cat

79.   The Bear & the Bees

80.  The Dog in the Manger

81.  The Wolf & the Goat

82. The Ass & the Grasshoppers

83. The Mule

84. The Cat, the Cock, & the Young Mouse

85.  The Wolf & the Shepherd

86.  The Peacock & the Crane

87.  The Farmer & the Cranes

88. The Farmer & His Sons

89. The Two Pots

90. The Goose & the Golden Egg

91.  The Fighting Bulls & the Frog

92.  The Mouse & the Weasel

93. The Farmer & the Snake

94.  The Sick Stag

95.  The Goatherd & the Wild Goats

96. The Spendthrift & the Swallow

97.  The Cat & the Birds

98.  The Dog & the Oyster

99. The Astrologer

100. Three Bullocks & a Lion

101. Mercury & the Woodman

102. The Fox & the Crab

103.   The Serpent & the Eagle

104.  The Bull & the Goat

105.  The Old Lion & the Fox

106. The Man & the Lion

107.  The Ass & the Lap Dog

108. The Milkmaid & Her Pail

109.  The Wolf & the Shepherd

110. The Goatherd & the Goat

111.  The Miser

112.   The Wolf & the House Dog

113.  The Fox & the Hedgehog

114.  The Bat & the Weasels

115.  The Quack Toad

116.  The Fox Without a Tail

117.  The Mischievous Dog

118.  The Rose & the Butterfly

119.  The Cat & the Fox

120.  The Boy and the Nettles

121.  The Old Lion

122. The Fox & the Pheasants

123.  Two Travelers & a Bear

124. The Porcupine & the Snakes

125.  The Fox & the Monkey

126.The Flies & the Honey

127. The Eagle & the Kite

128.  The Stag, the Sheep, & the Wolf

129. The Animals & the Plague

130.  The Shepherd & the Lion

131. The Bees & Wasps, & the Hornet

132.  The Lark & Her Young Ones

133.  The Cat & the Old Rat

134. The Ass & His Shadow

135. The Miller, His Son, & the Ass

136. The Wolf, the Kid, and the Goat

137.  The Swallow & the Crow

138. Jupiter & the Monkey

139. The Lion, the Ass, & the Fox

140. The Lion's Share

141.  The Mole & His Mother

142. The North Wind & the Sun

143. The Wolves & the Sheep

144.  The Cock & the Fox

145.  The Ass in the Lion's Skin

146.  he Fighting Cocks & the Ea