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Fables are excellent transmitters of values for children. All of them give us a moral that can be very useful to reflect with the children.
In this case, Aesop's fable from 'The presumed frog', invites to talk about vanity, humility and appearances.
Once Upon a time, a smug little frog who believed herself to be the queen of all the garden frogs. The little frog spent the day looking at herself on the surface of the ponds like someone looking in a mirror, and she thought she was so pretty that her pride and vanity made her unbearable.
One spring morning, the little frog was sunbathing among the flowers on the shore, when a toad approached her, not too handsome ...
"Good morning, miss," said the toad. I see her so pretty that of a thousand loves I would marry his highness.
"Hey, hey, Don Sapo," the little frog interrupted him indignantly, "know that I don't manage for small-time people like you. Get out of there right away to find a partner from your class, that I'm afraid to look at it. Have you not seen yourself in the mirror?
The poor toad, ashamed of his ugliness, sank in the mud crying his misfortune. But, very soon, the frog found a punishment for its pride.
One day, the little frog, looking at herself in a pond, he met a water snake who, getting too close to the little amphibian, said:
- It seems to me, my precious, that you are going to serve me as a succulent banquet this morning.
The snake jumped up and bit the frog on the leg. This, feeling badly injured, began to croak desperately and, remembering the toad, began to call out to him.
- Don Sapo! Don Sapo! Come please! Help! Oh, Don Sapo! That a monster devours me!
The toad came as fast as he could and, giving an enormous tug on the tail of the snake with his mouth, he forced it to release its prey.
- You forgive, Don Sapo, what I told you a while ago- explained the frog- I was very nervous. You really don't seem so ugly to me and ... I think I love you.
They finally got married. She became convinced that the ugliness of the body is not important if it is compensated by the beauty of the soul.
Moral of Aesop's fable: Vanity always ends up punished. Do not judge anyone by their outward appearance, but by the beauty of their heart.
Use this fantastic fable of Aesop to discuss core values with your child: vanity, humility and goodness. Use these questions to find out if your child understood the fable:
- What was the little frog like? Try to describe it.
- What did the little frog do every day?
- What did you say to Toad when you told him that you would like to marry her?
- What happened to the little frog one day when he met a snake?
- Who did the frog ask for help?
- What did the toad do? I help you?
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