Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables is a collection of stories with morals or truthful insights. The stories are credited to Aesop, a slave and master story-teller who was thought to have lived in Ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BC. Apollonius of Tyana, a philospher from the 1st century AD is supposed to have said of Aesop:

… like those who dine well off the plainest dishes, he made use of humble incidents to teach great truths

And now Aesop’s simple truths are just as important in the twenty-first century!

Note for Teachers:

  • This collection of Aesop’s Fables have been carefully written for second and third grade readers as well as advanced first graders.
  • Suitable for shared reading, guided reading and independent reading.
  • Aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
  • The series comes with a Teachers Guide that offers suggestions for instruction and a fun range of extension ideas for writing, dramatization and assessment.
  • The series is available from Pearson Education.


The Fox and the Goat rtold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Fox and the Goat

How smart is a fox? How smart is a goat? Fox’s advice: “Always look before you leap!”

ISBN: 0-7685-0424-4





The Lion and the Mouse retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Lion and the Mouse

Sometimes even big animals need help! The moral? “One good turn deserves another!”

ISBN: 0-7685-0451-1





The Fox and the Crow retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Fox and the Crow

The fox just had to have that piece of cheese!  The moral?  “Only a fool is taken in by flattery!”

ISBN: 0-7685-0423-6





The Very Greedy Dog retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Very Greedy Dog

The greedy dog just had to have the bigger bone! But the moral? “Greedy folk often lose what they have!”

ISBN: 0-7685-0419-8





the Ant and the Grasshopper retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Ant and the Grasshopper

The ant works hard to store food for winter but the grasshopper prefers to sit in the sun. But when winter comes the grasshopper learns his lesson. The moral: “Prepare today for the needs of tomorrow”.

ISBN: 0-7685-0422-8




The Hare and the Tortoise retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Hare and the Tortoise

The great race takes place. But who wins? The moral: “Slow and steady wins the race.”

ISBN: 0-7685-0452-X





The Boy Who Cried Wolf retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Boy Who Cried Wolf

Help! There’s a wolf! But is there really? The moral:  “No one believes a liar even when the liar is telling the truth!”

ISBN: 0-7685-0450-3




The Crow and the Pitcher retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Crow and the Pitcher

The thirsty crow found a pitcher with some water in the bottom. But when the crow puts its beak into the pitcher, it couldn’t reach the water. How did the clever crow solve the problem? Sometimes all you need to succeed is more patience, not more strength!

ISBN: 0-7685-0421-X



The Farmer and his Two Lazy SonsThe Farmer and his Two Lazy Sons

There’s treasure in the vineyard, the old farmer tells his lazy sons. So they go in searchof of the treasure. But what do they find?

ISBN: 0-7685-0420-1




The Miller Who Tried to Please Everyone retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Miller Who Tried to Please Everyone

The Miller and his son learn a lot on their way to the city, and in particular – when you try to please everyone you end up pleasing no one.

ISBN: 0-7685-0453-8




Aesop’s Fables Teachers Guide – ISBN: 0-7685-0177-6

Aesop's Fables Teachers Guide by Alan Trussell-Cullen

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