Project Description

Session Description

A fable is a short story that teaches a lesson or conveys a moral.  Often, the characters are animals or inanimate objects.  Aesop was a master of fables.

Key questions answered:

  • What is a fable?
  • What is the moral to The Hare and the Tortoise fable?

The story concerns a Hare (a rabbit) who ridicules a slow-moving Tortoise (a turtle). Tired of the Hare’s arrogant behavior, the Tortoise challenges him to a race.  The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the race. When the Hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.

The Hare and the Tortoise

Fun Activity Sheets

Directions:  Every Book Talk session has “Fun Activities” that you can download, print and share.  The activity sheets include coloring, observing, building and learning.  Some of the activities are tied to the book or topic of the session, others are not.  Either way, it is my hope that you will have FUN!

Download and print one or more of these sheets.  Then using markers or crayons, decorate the sheet.  Next, create a brief story based on the picture (or pictures) you colored.  Finally, share your picture or story with Steve at:

Hare and Tortoise
Hare Sleeping

Observation activities are designed to get you thinking outside the box.  It is my hope that you will see things in a new way, with a different perspective.  The skill of observing is helpful in reading as well as life.

Observation Sheet – Light and Dark

Building Sheets are designed to get you involved in making something with your hands.  In this session you will create a puzzle called the trick mules using cardstock and scissors.  Have fun!

Building Activity – Trick Mules

Download these learning sheets and see if you can use the story of The Hare and the Tortoise to help complete the TRUE/FALSE Worksheet.

Different Characters
The Hare and the Tortoise Story
The Hare and the Tortoise True False

Learn a Trick – Magic Tricks You Can Do

Directions:  Watch the video tutorial for the magic trick called the Candy Stick Magic trick.  Next, download and print the Magic Fun Sheet below.  This sheet provides written instructions for the trick in the video as well as a couple of bonus activities.  The video and the fun sheet are from my Amazing Magic Camp.  If you would like to learn more magic tricks or if you ever wanted to take magic lessons consider signing up for for this unique virtual camp.

Candy Stick Trick

Candy Stick Solution

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The Morals, Sayings and Proverbs featured in Aesop’s fables
Each one of Aesop’s fables has a lesson, or moral, to teach to children – just like a parable or allegory.  A moral is added at the bottom of each of Aesop’s fables. Many of the Morals, Sayings and Proverbs featured in Aesop’s fables are well known today.  Some of the most famous morals are as follows:

  • Moral – “Appearances often are deceiving.” – Aesop’s fables: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
  • Moral – “Familiarity breeds contempt.” – Aesop’s fables: The Fox and the Lion
  • Moral – “Slow and steady wins the race.” – Aesop’s fables: The Hare and the Tortoise
  • Moral – “One person’s meat is another’s poison.” – Aesop’s fables: The Ass and the Grasshopper
  • Moral – “Things are not always what they seem.” – Aesop’s fables: Bee-Keeper and the Bees
  • Moral – “Never trust a flatterer.”– Aesop’s fables: Fox and the Crow
  • Moral – “Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing.” – Aesop’s fables: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
  • Moral – “Little friends may become great friends.” – Aesop’s fables: Lion and the Mouse

The Morals, Sayings and Proverbs featured in the Book of Aesop’s fables ensure that they still have meaning for us today.

Here are a couple of collections to consider:

The most well known and well loved of Aesop’s Fables have been brought to life with NYT #1 bestselling illustrator Charles Santore’s beloved and breathtaking artwork. These classic and captivating tales help to illustrate basic moral issues through the amazing artwork and simple stories we all know and love.

Passed down for thousands of years, Aesop’s Fables is a collection of moral stories by the famed storyteller from ancient Greece. Reprinted and translated thousands of times over the past two millennia, this collection represents some of the most widely known and famous children’s literature. Many of these fables bestow human traits upon animal characters and place them in human situations to highlight desirable and less desirable traits. Their intent, through the telling of these tales, is to teach readers important moral lessons such as “Self-help is the best help” or “Do not attempt too much all at once.”