Librivox recording of Aesop's Fables, Volume 1 Fables Dating back to the 6th century BC, Aesop's Fables tell universal truths through the use of simple allegories that are easily understood. Though almost nothing is known of Aesop himself, and some scholars question whether he existed at all, these stories stand as timeless classics known in almost every culture in the world. This is volume 1 of For more free audiobooks or to become a volunteer reader, please visit librivox.
Reviewer: illinoisinmate - favorite favorite - January 3, Subject: Deleted! This Libravox collection is like nails on a chalkboard!
A chore to listen to, and WAY to many public domain disclaimers. Add that to reading these even short stories will put you to sleep Reviewer: dnalbone - favorite favorite favorite favorite - March 9, Subject: timeless lessons Good set of timeless lessons. Easy fix for long intros: just fast forward to or except to for last 4.
Aesop's Fables (Ages 4-7)
The writing style of both the earlier proverbs and the later fables were simple and direct. Neither contains many words. The situations re-counted in the stories begin with some type of incident and conclude with a punch line which would transform into the oft-recognized moral of the tale. It is much later that writers would begin to include the moral either at the beginning of the story designed to tell the reader the purpose of the tale upfront or was added to the end to instruct the reader what the story was supposed to teach.
Ultimately, the fables are designed to highlight both desired and undesirable human behaviors: what to do or what not to do. The fables, written down in Greek between the 10thth centuries CE, may not be recorded in the exact words as when they were first told. Despite these changes, one characteristic that most of the fables share is the role of animals in the stories.
The animals display human-like qualities, especially the characteristics of speech and behavior. In effect, the stories are designed to mimic human life. In order to allow the animals to appear in multiple tales and roles, Aesop did not restrict the animals to behaving in a manner generally associated with that particular animal e.
These looser characterizations allow for the animals to appear in other settings acting in different manners. The fables served as a means by which criticisms against the government could be expressed without fear of punishment. In effect, the stories served as a code by which the weak and powerless could speak out against the strong and powerful. Additionally, the stories served to remind the weak that being clever could provide a means by which they could succeed against the powerful.
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The stories described the challenges of adulthood thus allowing young readers to engage with the characters and morals of adulthood at an early age. The stories also provided an opportunity for a measure of self-reflection. At those moments when Greeks suspected their culture or civilization was not living up to expectations, the fables provided an opportunity for a degree of self-reflection.
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Although humans and animals share similar traits, humans are different due to their power of reason which allows humans to make different choices about life and living. An Eagle swooped down upon a Serpent and seized it in his talons with the intention of carrying it off and devouring it. But the Serpent was too quick for him and had its coils round him in a moment; and then there ensued a life-and- death struggle between the two. A countryman, who was a witness of the encounter, came to the assistance of the eagle, and succeeded in freeing him from the Serpent and enabling him to escape.
In revenge, the Serpent spat some of his poison into the man's drinking-horn. Heated with his exertions, the man was about to slake his thirst with a draught from the horn, when the Eagle knocked it out of his hand, and spilled its contents upon the ground.
Children’s understanding of Aesop’s fables: relations to reading comprehension and theory of mind
A groom used to spend whole days in currycombing and rubbing down his Horse, but at the same time stole his oats and sold them for his own profit. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.
Then the Grasshopper knew. Moral: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity. Editorial Review This Article has been reviewed for accuracy, reliability and adherence to academic standards prior to publication. We're a small non-profit organisation run by a handful of volunteers.
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