Friday, August 27, 2010

According to Wikipedia......

Btw, I put this up just cause I found it interesting :-P
A fable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson (a "moral"), which may at the end be expressed explicitly in a pithy maxim.
A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as actors that assume speech and other powers of humankind.

For all of you word buffs (like myself), once again according to Wiki:
The word "fable" comes from the Latin "fabula" (a "story"), itself derived from "fari" ("to speak") with the -ula suffix that signifies "little": hence, a "little story".

Though in its original sense "fable" denotes a brief, succinct story that is meant to impart a moral lesson, in a pejorative sense, a "fable" may be a deliberately invented or falsified account of an event or circumstance. Similarly, a non-authorial person who, wittingly or not, tells "tall tales," may be termed a "confabulator".

An author of fables is termed a "fabulist," and the word "fabulous," strictly speaking, "pertains to a fable or fables." In recent decades, however, "fabulous" has come frequently to be used in the quite different meaning of "excellent" or "outstanding".

Friday, May 7, 2010

Aesop's The Hare and the Tortoise video using real Animals

I like this version of the Tortoise and the Hare. The use of real animals is interesting.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Aesop Fables Storyboards





I found these 8" x 5" Felt Story Boards at www.LearningWonders.com.
The stories shown are:

Ant and the Grasshopper
Hare and the Tortoise
Lion and the Mouse
The Plain Tree
The Dog and His Shadow
Fox and the Grapes
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Bees and the Bear
Goose with the Golden Egg
Boy who Cried Wolf
Maid and her Milk
The Heron

Stories on their FREE curriculum page

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Dog in the Manger...an Aesop fable



A Dog was lying in a Manger on the hay which had been put there for the cattle.
When the cattle came and tried to eat, he growled and snapped at them and wouldn't let them get at their food.
"What a selfish beast," said one of them to his companions; "he can't eat the hay himself and yet he won't let those eat who can."

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Tiger King....an animated Aesop Fable