It’s winter. Which means we spend a lot of time reading books around here. Being an old-fashioned girl, I am drawn to the classics. Reading (or assigning your children to read) classic works of literature should be approached with caution.
This post should also be approached with caution. If you are offended by the language in the King James Bible, you should probably stop reading now. If King James language is good with you, you have my permission to continue reading. Wink.
Have your children ever read Aesop’s Fables?
Have you ever read Aesop’s Fables?
My oldest daughter was reading Aesops Fables. Aesop is believed to have been a slave living in Ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BC. He wrote the collection of charming stories all with a moral behind them.
As she was reading through the ancient, age-old beautifully told fables she looked up at me and our conversation went like this:
Daughter: “Have you read this book?”
Daughter: “Did you know that in this book they do not call a donkey a “donkey?”
they call it something else
…there’s an ass in every story.”
Just in case you think my daughter just cursed and should not be allowed to build igloos and should be sent to time-out land, let me show you a few of the titles in Aesop’s Fables:
- The Ass Laden with Salt and With Sponges
- The Lion, the Fox and the Ass
- The Wolf and the Ass
- The Fox and the Ass
- The Ass and the Little Dog
- The Old Man, His Son and The Ass
- The Young Mouse, the Cock and the Cat
and, my daughter also pointed out that even if the title doesn’t have an Ass in it, the story usually does.
“There’s an Ass in every story.”
Sounds like a good title for my life.
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