Aesop’s Fables


Barbara J. Feldman

Aesop (620 – 560 BCE) was a Greek slave and storyteller. His fables, also known as the Aesopica, have been translated and retold for twenty-five centuries. Each one ends with a moral, or a lesson to be learned, and from them we learn the original of adages such as “sour grapes,” “add insult to injury,” and “look before you leap.”

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  • The Aesop for Children5 stars

    Based on the 1919 book "The Aesop for Children: with Pictures by Milo Winters," these interactive stories are published by the Library of Congress. The original drawings "have been transformed for this interactive book, and now readers can interact with the charming illustrations to see and hear them move: a choosy heron eyes the fish swimming at his feet, a fox swishes his tail, a mouse chews a rope and frees a lion."

  • Aesop's Fables4 stars

    Although not as pretty or as well organized as some of the other sites, AesopFables.com does have the entire text of 655 of Aesop's fables and 127 fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen. Best click for students is Selected Fables which includes eighty-six Aesop fables "selected for their ease of reading and concise moral understanding." Look for the Real Audio logo in the lower right-hand corner of some of the story pages to hear Long's ten year old daughter read the fable.

  • The Color: Aesop's Fables4 stars

    This collection of seventeen Aesop's Fables coloring pages can be either colored online or printed on paper for old-fashioned coloring fun. Some of the fables represented are Goose with Gold Eggs, The Fox and the Ox, The Milkmaid and Her Pail, and the Ant and the Grasshopper. If you register for a free account, you'll be able to save your colored pictures, and might even see your masterpiece featured on The Color's homepage.

  • Fables from Aesop5 stars

    These four animated fables are based on Tom Lynch's "hand sewn patchwork tapestries inspired by the textile folk art of Africa, India and Peru." The four fables include The Tortoise and the Hare, A Lesson for a Foolish Crow, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Fox and His Shadow. Lynch's children's book of the same title includes thirteen of Aesop's fables, and was published in 2000 by Viking Children's Books.

  • University of Massachusetts: Aesop's Fables5 stars

    Each year, University of Massachusetts professor Copper Giloth asks her Computers in the Fine Arts students to illustrate or animate an Aesop fable, along with their own modern retelling of the story. This collection of nearly forty fables is the best of that student work dating back to 1994. This fun site is a must-see, and is a great place to start before creating your own fables. My personal favorite is The Jay and The Peacock.

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  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Aesop’s Fables." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 28 May. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/aesops-fables/ >.


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