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Fables & Parables

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Series: Stories

Aesop’s Fables For Children

This is the last in a four-part series discussing different forms of storytelling:

Part 1: Folklore

Part 2: Fairy Tales: A Comparison

Part 3: Fairy Tales & Nature

Part 4: Fables and Parables

parable booksRecommended Books:

  • Seasons-themed Parable series by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Fairy Tales and Fables illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
  • Aesop’s Fables for Children by Milo Winter
  • Mousekin’s Fables by Edna Miller
  • Math Fables: Lessons That Count by Greg Tang
  • Math Fables Too: Making Science Count by Greg Tang
  • The Parables of Jesus by Tomie DePaola
  • God’s Little Seeds: A Book of Parables by Bijou Le Tord


A fable is a fictitious story intended to share wisdom or teach a lesson. Most often the characters are animals with human-like personalities. The most popular fables are those credited to Aesop, who was a Greek writer. It is not certain if Aesop was an actual figure, but his fables are well-known and to this day, used to teach children cautionary and moral lessons.

Lesson Points To Cover:

  • Explain the typical fable structure (characters, plot, problem, solution, lesson)
  • Read a few fables to offer various examples and establish patterns and themes
  • List human traits associated with particular animals
  • Does the child associate those animals with the traits given to them in the stories?
  • Which animal would they want to be based on fables?
  • How are fables different from other types of stories?
  • Differentiate between cautionary and moral lesson
  • Ask the child to think about real-life situations that applies to one of the stories read

Related Resource: Online Chinese fables for children from Starfall.com


A parable is a short simple story that illustrates a moral attitude or religious principle. The best known parables are those credited to Jesus in the Bible, though this teaching style is referenced in other texts and various cultures. His parables include themes relating to the Kingdom of Heaven, Loss, Redemption, Love, Forgiveness and Faith. They have been adapted numerous time in various formats, which makes them popular as teaching tools for children.

Some of his best known parables include:

  • Parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10)
  • Parable of The Sower (Matthew 13; Mark 4; Luke 8)
  • Parable of The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13; Mark 4; Luke 13)
  • Parable of The Lost Sheep (Matthew 18; Luke 15)
  • Parable of The Lost Coin (Luke 15)
  • Parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15)

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