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  • Radhika Garg

Stories not to miss before your child turns 5!

Children love stories. Stories are a wonderful way to bond with them and encourage a habit of reading. Reading to your children is a fun and easy way to teach them life lessons in a way that they’ll understand. The best part is that reading moral stories also helps in language development.

Stories also work to engage a child’s imagination, are entertaining, and can make them smile. Here are some famous fables that you should just not miss before your child turns five.

Cinderella, a princess fairy tale.

Filled with magic and adventure, Cinderella is one of the most famous classic fairy tales, of a beautiful girl named Cinderella and her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters. A ball night changed her life when a fairy godmother transformed Cinderella into a princess. The prince had fallen in love with her and searched for her everywhere. Thus, the prince and princess Cinderella got married and lived happily ever after.

Moral: Be a good and kind person.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, one of Aesop’s Fables.

It is the story of a shepherd boy who troubled the villagers, pretending that his sheep was in danger from a wolf. One day, however, when a wolf actually came, none of the villagers came to help, as they thought he was screaming for fun again. As a result, the wolf destroyed the shepherd’s flock.

Moral: No one believes a liar, even when he tells the truth.

The Ant and the Grasshopper.

This is a fable that tells of a grasshopper that spends all summer idling away and a colony of ants working hard to store food for the winter. As a result when winter comes, the grasshopper has to beg for food from the ants.

Moral: Hard work and planning for the future are important life values.

Beauty and the Beast fairy tale.

This is a story about the good natured, but cursed with hideous looks, Beast falling in love with the beautiful Belle. Later, when Belle confesses her love for him, he turns into a handsome prince. The prince and Belle got married and lived happily ever after.

Moral: We should look past outward appearances and give more importance to a person’s good nature.

The Tortoise and the Hare.

This one is a common folktale which tells about an unusual race event between a tortoise and a hare. The hare was arrogant about his speed. The slow tortoise challenged him to a race. Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, "There is plenty of time to relax." Slow and Steady tortoise walked and walked and reached the finish point while the hare slept.

Moral: Slow and steady wins the race.

The Golden Egg, a story of a greedy farmer.

A farmer had a goose that gave one golden egg every day. One day the farmer got greedy and thought of getting all the golden eggs from inside the goose all at once for a lot of money. He killed the goose and cut its stomach open, in the hopes of finding all its golden eggs. But, as he opened the stomach, the only thing he found was guts and blood. He cried over his lost resource.

Moral: Never act before you think.

Children bond the best over bedtime fairy tales with their parents. Try these with your young ones and watch their faces light up with all kinds of expressions as they walk the story-journey with you.

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