Aesop’s Fables With Questions

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Extract from Aesop’s Fables – The Tortoise and the Hare

The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge anyone here to race with me.” The Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.” “That is a good joke,” said the Hare, “I could dance round you all the way.” “Silence your boasting till you’ve beaten me,” answered the Tortoise. “Shall we race?” So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race. Then said the Tortoise: “Plodding wins the race.”

Moral Plodding wins the race.

Reading Comprehension Questions from A Hare and a Tortoise

1 A hare can run much faster than a tortoise. Why did the tortoise win?
2 Can you think of other activities in which a slow and steady pace will win over a fast and impatient pace?
3 How would you say the moral in your own words?

Each story in this book has 3 to 4 questions related to it similar to these ones.

Here are some more versions of Aesop’s Fables available free online.

Aesop’s Illustrated Fables for Children –

Read online version of original Aesop’s fables with images:  Aesop’s Fables For Children Read Online with Pictures

EPub version of Aesop’s fables with images from Gutenberg (as above): Aesop’s Fables For Children ePub with Pictures

Another pdf version of Aesop’s fables, no images: Aesop’s Fables pdf – text only

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