Aesop was a legendary storyteller of ancient Greece, and the stories called “Aesop’s fables” have been going strong for three thousand years. This book contains a selection of classical, medieval, Renaissance, and modern Aesop’s fables, ranging from the ancient Roman poet Phaedrus to the 18th-century neo-Latin poet Desbillons. You will find famous fables here such as “The Lion’s Share” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” plus many not-so-famous fables about animals, about people, and about the gods and goddesses too. The fables included here represent only a small fraction of the Aesopic fable tradition. For more Aesop’s fables, visit:

The paragraph you just read about this book is 100 words long, as is this paragraph, and that’s also the length of each story in the book. These stories go fast, but you can slow down when you find one you like. Read it again. Let it sink in. Maybe even write your own version of the story, using your imagination to add more details. Meanwhile, if you don’t like a story, don’t get bogged down; just move on to the next one. There are more 100-word stories from Aesop, plus lots of stories from other cultural traditions, at:


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