Some ask where the original files for the books used to create this collection are located. This post contains links to those files. The request usually comes in the form of a question about using the text and/or illustrations on this site in some other collection.[Read more…] about E-Book Links
[Read more…] about The Charcoal Maker and The Cloth Cleaner
A charcoal maker invited a cloth cleaner to visit. The cleaner declined because as quickly as he could clean anything it would get dirty again.
Like people will work better together.
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 Belling The Cat
The mice met in council to figure out how to defeat the Cat. One suggested a bell for the Cat to warn them. Problem: Nobody would volunteer to bell the Cat.
It is easy to propose impossible remedies.
[Read more…] about The Mischievous Dog
A bad dog was given a collar so people could be warned at his approach. The dog thought it a good thing and was proud of it. He was wrong.
Notoriety should not be mistaken for fame.
[Read more…] about The Fox and The Grapes
A fox tries to get grapes to eat but cannot. The fox goes away in disgust saying he didn’t want them anyhow.
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.