The donkey and the lion on the hunt: the text of the fable
One day a lion appointed a donkey as his hunting assistant. Early in the morning the two walked into the woods and the lion ordered the donkey to hide in the bushes so that the other animals would not see him. He ordered him to frighten the other animals with his braying, so as to make them escape. The lion would wait for its prey at an opening known to him.
The donkey followed the lion’s instructions and began braying at the top of its voice making a great noise. The animals were frightened and fearing for their lives they ran in search of salvation. The lurking lion slaughtered his prey, then, when he realized he had accumulated enough food, he called the donkey to silence.
The donkey, completely satisfied with the result obtained, said to the lion: “Did you see that voice?”
With sarcasm the lion replied: “If I didn’t know that you really are a donkey, I too would run away from fear.”
With this fable we understand that what we see shining is not always gold.
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.