In Year 4, for the last few weeks in Literacy, we have been looking at fables. Aesop was a Greek man who wrote fables. He wrote them because he wanted to teach people, by telling them stories. Each of these stories has a moral. That means the lesson that it teaches us. We read many fables and tried to work out what the morals of the story were.
Most of the characters in the fables are animals, but with human characteristics. Despite being written thousands of years ago, the lessons still apply to our lives nowadays.
We acted out one of our favourite fables, ‘The Boy who cried Wolf’ in our class assembly. The moral of the story is ‘No one believes a liar, even when they are telling the truth.’ We realised that this moral is very true and it teaches us to be honest.
We then wrote our own fables, some of us using the same morals as Aesop and some making up our own. Our own morals included: Don’t judge someone by their looks; being patient pays off and have more than one friend as you never know when you might need them.
One beautiful day in the Amazon rainforest, the lion was washing his paws; the zebra was drinking; the thrush was singing; the elephant was having a bath and the kangaroo was drinking, all in the same river.
In that very river lived the crocodile. The crocodile was fierce. The crocodile was scary. The animals didn’t see much of him, but they didn’t like him.
Back at the edge of the lake, where all of the animals were, Max, who was Kangaroo’s baby, fell and got his tiny leg caught in the reeds. Petrified, Kangaroo shouted at the top of her voice, “Help! Help! Help!”
All of the animals heard her. Lion, King of the Jungle, said, “Line up and we will try and help Max.”
Lion went first and tried to bite the reeds, but it didn’t work. Next, it was thrush’s turn. She tried, but it didn’t work, so the elephant tried to free Max by stomping on reeds. That didn’t work either. Finally, zebra frantically tried to free Max, but once again it didn’t work.
It was getting late. Suddenly, behind him, Max saw gold glowing eyes and the scaly body of the crocodile. Max was terrified. He thought he was going to be eaten by the crocodile. Crocodile said, “Are you stuck Max?”
Quickly, the crocodile came out of the water and started gnawing at the reeds. He freed Max. Max was elated, as were all of the other animals. Max realised that the crocodile wasn’t bad after all.
Moral: Don’t judge someone you don’t really know – they can be kind and helpful.