Aesops FablesTeaching With Aesop’s Fables is a book I illustrated years ago that’s available as a free PDF here.

Here’s the introduction to the book:

“One of my earliest memories is of my mother singing a made-up
song to me. In the song, a puppy learns the hard way to look
both ways before she crosses the street (of course, she is fully
healed with the help of kisses from her mother)! Anytime I was tempted
to run into the street to recover a runaway ball or chase a playmate, this
song would replay in my mind. Although I knew that this story was not
exactly about me, the fate of the symbolic dog was enough of a reminder.
As an adult, I realize that my mother was unconsciously using the
ancient form of fable to teach me a lesson. Unlike direct confrontation,
it involved no negative or defensive feelings about myself on my part.
I did not feel that my mother was lecturing to me about ways I must
behave, nor was I made to feel guilty about my actions or
inclinations. Instead, by relating to the puppy in the story,
I was prompted to think about my own behavior.
Storytelling is an ancient and universal form of
entertainment. One of its purposes has been to impart
and clarify values and moral principles in an enjoy-
able, gentle, effective, and nonthreatening way. In the
classroom, sharing and examining fables can help
form trusting communities in which children practice
ethical behavior and strive to create an ideal and
moral world.
As events in our culture make apparent, it
is important for children to have opportunities to
learn, develop, and practice moral reasoning and
understanding of ethical behaviors as they develop their
skills in academic areas. The younger children are when this
process begins, the better. Using fables in the classroom allows this
awareness and development to take place in a fun, supportive way. I hope
you will have as much fun with this material as my students and I have
had. Your students and your classroom will become joyfully enriched!”
- Theda Detlor

ENJOY!