Jefferys Taylor (1792–1853) (often incorrectly cited as Jeffery) is the author of Harry’s Holiday or The Doings of One Who had Nothing to Do, The Little Historians (3 volumes), and Ralph Richards, the Miser in addition to Aesop in Rhyme, with some originals and more. His writings date from the 1820s and were geared toward children.[Read more…] about Jefferys Taylor
[Read more…] about The Frog and The Ox
A frog inflates itself bragging he can be as big as an ox or bull. Too big, too bad. Pop.
Conceit may lead to self-destruction.
[Read more…] about The Two Pots
Two pots, metal and clay, float down a waterway. The metal pot asks the clay to be close; the clay demurs fearing breakage.
Equals make the best friends.
Throughout history fables have been a popular method of giving instruction. Fables contain a short narrative that seeks to illustrate a hidden message. Generally, fables use animals or objects as part of the narrative yet the message is designed to apply to humans. By doing this, the fabulist is not perceived as the teacher and this reduces any bias the listeners might have against the person. The most famous fabulist would be Aesop who most date around 620 B.C. Many fables are attributed to Aesop, but it’s unclear how many he actually wrote; indeed, his historical existence as a person is under question. I’ve collected many of them here for your enjoyment. A number of translations were found and the fables collected. Several different translations and interpretations of the same fable may be found on many of the pages here; including, now and again, a simplified version I wrote.[Read more…] about Aesop’s Fables Home Page
[Read more…] about The Gold Pin and The Nail
A lost gold pin was trying to convince a nail if its importance. Nail pointed out the pin could be done without but without the nail things fall apart.
[Read more…] about Aesop’s Trial
Aesop was on trial for animal libel. The animals eventually agreed his writings were correct so Aesop was freed.