The cicada and the ant, the text of the fable
It was summer and it was very hot. Despite the fatigue, one ant was all busy working hard, saving provisions for the winter. Back and forth, back and forth. He worked so hard that he attracted the attention of a cicada, who was all busy singing all day.
Winter came early and with it snow and cold. The ant had nothing to fear: it had made large stocks in anticipation. Instead, the cicada began to feel the pangs of hunger. Then he went to the ant and asked her, “Since you have plenty of it, could you give me something to eat?”
And the ant: “I worked hard all summer to accumulate all this. What did you do?”
“I sang,” replied the cicada.
And the ant: “So now dance!”
The moral of the story
Moral of the story: whoever does nothing, obtains nothing.
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The fables of Aesop, reviewed by Phaedrus, an opportunity to reflect
Short stories, at your fingertips, that teach you to grow? It is about the fables of Aesop. The fables, attributed to the Greek author, are about 358. Many of these have become a shared cultural baggage: in a few lines they tell us the story of personified animals, with the aim of teaching us a moral.
This is why we still propose Aesop’s fables to children today.
The fables of Aesop bring to light practical expedients, just for this simplicity in the exposition the fables can be heard with the reading aloud starting from 4/5 years.