Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
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
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:
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: