Project Description

Session Description

Fables are short stories which illustrate a moral lesson. These short tales were once passed down as folklore to teach listeners the difference between right and wrong, give advice on proper behavior and manners, and offer maxims to live by.  The theme and characters appeal to children and the stories are often humorous and entertaining for kids of all ages.  The characters of fables and tales are usually animals who act and talk just like people while retaining their animal traits.

Key questions answered:

  • What is a fable?
  • What is the moral to The Crow and the Pitcher fable?

A hot, dry desert. A tired, thirsty crow. A tall pitcher of water. Think you know the story? Think again! In her reinterpretation of Aesop’s classic fable of perseverance, Stephanie Gwyn Brown guides readers through all six steps of the scientific method—from question to communication—with Crow as the model scientist. But it takes a strong work ethic and a series of comic attempts before he invents a way to bring the water to a life-saving drinking level.

Readers are ultimately invited into Crow’s laboratory where they learn much more than just a moral to the story. A hip and funny treatment of the perseverance fable. Adapted to highlight the Scientific Method!

The Crow and the Pitcher

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:

Coloring Sheet Crow in Dessert
Coloring Sheet Crow on Pitcher
Coloring Sheet Flowers

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 – Lion What do you See
Observation Sheet – Lion and Mouse Fable

Building Sheets are designed to get you involved in making something with your hands.  In this session you will create an illusion called the balancing bird using heavy cardstock, scissors and a couple of pennies.  Have fun!

Building Activity – Balancing Bird

Download these learning sheets and see if you can use the story of The Crow and Pitcher to help complete Worksheets 1 & 2.

The Crow and the Pitcher Worksheet 1
The Crow and the Pitcher Worksheet 2
The Crow and Pitcher Story

Learn a Trick – Magic Tricks You Can Do

Directions:  Watch the video tutorial for the magic trick called the Roll Up 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.

Roll Up Magic

Roll Up Magic Solutions

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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.”