Fables — Page 153

The Thirst For Kindness
Sean, 8, Wisconsin

The moral of my fable is:  Don’t talk to strangers.
My fable is:
There was once a very young rattlesnake who lived in a desert. He liked it, but it never rained there, so there was little water. He became thirsty.
The only water source was a cactus.
The snake knew the only way to get the water was to use scissors to open the cactus. The snake saw an old scorpion whose pincers could do the job.
The snake assumed the scorpion was friendly, so he asked the scorpion politely, “Will you kindly open up the cactus so I can get the water?”
“I can, but not for an overgrown worm!” replied the scorpion.
Then he started to fight the snake.
Wounded, the snake gave up, feeling thirsty and hurt. The snake learned that it is not wise to talk to strangers.

The Dog And The Hare
Katie, 8, Ohio

The moral of my fable is:  Don’t judge people by how they look.
My fable is:
Once there was a dog who was ugly. He wanted to play with a hare. But the hare thought the dog was too ugly.
The next day dog dressed up like a wolf. He played all day with the hare until it was time to go to bed.
The next day dog took off his costume and said, “It was me who you played with yesterday.”
Then Hare said, “I’m sorry I judged you by how you looked. Do you want to go to the park with me?”
“Sure,” said dog. They were friends and played together ever after.

The Lion And The Crocodile
Tommy, 8, Ohio

The moral of my fable is:  Don’t give up.
My fable is:
There was once a lion and a crocodile. The lion said, “I’m faster than you.” “Oh really?” said the crocodile. Let’s have a race,” said the lion.
They decided to meet at 10:00 am the next day.
The next day at the park the race started. The lion was way ahead of the crocodile. The lion won.
The crocodile said you may have won, but tomorrow come to the lake. I will be there!” said crocodile.
“Okay,” said the lion.
The next day the race started. The crocodile was ahead. The croc won. He learned that everyone has skills that work well in different ways.

The Panda And The Tiger
Meier, 8, Ohio

The moral of my fable is:  Be responsible.
My fable is:
One day the tiger said, “Be responsible, Panda.” Panda said, “No.” Tiger walked away.
The next day the tiger said,” Be responsible, Panda.” Panda refused.
Panda’s mom heard him. She came upstairs and noticed his toys were not cleaned up. Panda’s mom took all his toys away.
Then Panda said, “But mom!” She said she would give him back his toys if he did two things.
“First, you must listen to Tiger and then clean up your room.” Panda did those two things and learned that he enjoyed his toys more when they were organized.

The Giraffe And The Ant
Ethan, 8, Ohio

The moral of my fable is:  Bossy does not get you anywhere.
My fable is:
Once there was a giraffe named Frank and an ant named Bobby Joe. Bobby Joe liked to be a couch potato and told Frank to do everything.
One day Bobby Joe said, “You go to the water hole and get a bucket of water.” “But I don’t want to go. You get it yourself, Mr. Bossy,” said Frank.
Before Frank could say anything, Bobby Joe told all the animals to get him water. Frank said, “If you were nice we would go get it.”
Bobby Joe was embarrassed. He said, “I would be nice, but I can’t get water. I’m too small.” Frank said, “We will help each other.” They became friends.

The Cheetah And The Turtle
Taniya, 8, Ohio

The moral of my fable is:  Don’t brag.
My fable is:
One day a turtle went for a stroll in the park. She saw her friends talking to the cheetah.
She said, “What are you talking about?” “We are listening to the cheetah,” they answered.
The cheetah said, “I’m faster than you all. I have a silky coat. I bet if I race you I will win.”
The turtle agreed to a race. They began the race and the cheetah ran through a mud puddle. Her silky coat got dirty. The turtle was behind so the cheetah decided to take a nap.
When the cheetah woke up, the turtle had won the race.

The Lion And The Bird
Alyssa, 7, Ohio

The moral of my fable is:  Treat others the way you want to be treated.
My fable is:
Once upon a time there was a bird sitting on a branch. The bird saw a lion sitting down in the grass. The lion saw the bird on the branch.
“The lion said, “Hi little bird. How are you?” “I’m terrible. Your face is about to make me puke,” said the bird.
“Hey, that’s mean,” said the lion. So the lion went home and started to cry.
The next day the lion went for a stroll. He saw the bird in a tree. The bird swooped up a part of the lion’s hair. “Ouch! That hurt! You’re mean, plain mean. You are a bully!”
“Hey that’s mean to talk to me like that,” said the bird. The bird learned what it feels like when someone is mean to him.

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