Julia Raucci’s Fables Blog: Reading Task

“Oh The Places We’ll Go With Fables” was a wonderful article to teach us about fables and what they mean. Fables can teach morals and values of specific cultures, but show us that all humans are similar through many ways.

In “Fables and Folklore: Stories That Teach Kids Lessons” we learned that animals or mythical creatures are usually our protagonist. This can be seen in fables such as “The Swan, The Pike, and The Crab” which is a Russian fable. This is not true, however, in fables such as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” as mentioned above, does not have an animal or mythical creature as its protagonist, it is a boy. The boy shouts there is a wolf when there isn’t and everyone runs over to save him. When there really is a wolf and he needs help, everyone thinks he is lying. This is the perfect fable to teach young children the importance of honesty.

The article “Why Are Folktales So Important?” teaches us that fables and folktales are generational, told to reinforce their cultures values. They help all children, whether a part of that culture or not, because they often teach morals and the right thing to do. All children, no matter what culture they are a part of, can benefit from learning the importance of teamwork or honesty.

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