Fairy Tales And Fables Reading Passages

A fairy tale is a short story primarily for children that often features magical beings and creatures. These characters may give aid to the main characters or be the primary adversaries. A fable is a very short narrative that usually includes animals with human qualities and abilities. Fables will usually teach an important truth, called a moral.

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Aesop's Fables

A fable is a story with a moral, or lesson, at the end. Aesop, a Greek author in the 6th century B.C.E., is perhaps the most famous fabulist, or fable writer. His charming stories teach children and adults important lessons about kindness, wisdom, and living with each other. This Reading Set includes some of Aesop's most beloved fables.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Thumbelina Meets the King of the Flowers

"Thumbelina" is a story about a tiny girl and was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen. This passage retells the part ...

537 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Figurative Language and Summary

Jason and the Lion

Jason was kind. He thought of others and always wanted to help. This, however, got him in trouble with the King. Students will ...

603 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, and Summary

The Oriole and the Snipe

Sandy is a brownish snipe, and Oliver is a bright orange oriole. They discover they have a lot of differences between them. The...

510 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Story Elements, Summary, and Theme

Fortuna’s Horn

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

The small forest creatures are busy getting ready fo...

1,083 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Summary

A Visit From St. Nicholas

by Clement C. Moore

While this beloved Christmas poem was published anon...

553 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language

Flossie’s First Flight

by RV staff writer J.C.

Flossie, a young tooth fairy-in-training, has to pas...

467 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Character Traits, Story Elements, and Summary

The Princess and the Green Troll

A queen spoils her daughter, and the princess grows up vain and conceited. When it is time to marry, the princess thinks all pr...

622 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, 500L - 790L, Character Traits, Story Elements, and Summary

Tachel and Shen, Brother Stars

Tachel and Shen were stars in the heavens. They were brothers who did everything together. Then one day Tachel lost his favorit...

517 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, 0 - 490L, Story Elements and Summary

The Wolf and the House Dog

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Although Aesop's fables were written thousands of ye...

348 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 500L - 790L, Context Clues, Summary, Symbolism, and Theme