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Want to talk ethics with children but are not sure how to begin? Support is at hand with “FABULOUS AUSSIE FABLES”.
This lively collection retells 29 timeless fables in modern language, richly illustrated with colourful Australian animals. Each short fable engages children in the process of thinking about feelings, actions and consequences in an entertaining way.
At the end of each fable, ‘Wise Old Oracle Owl’ presents his summary, then asks the reader “What do you think?”- an ideal way to open up thoughts and discussion!
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Amy ant’s best friend was Candy caterpillar. Candy loved to eat a lot, but in between munching, she loved to make up stories with Amy.
“Candy, I think you should stop eating now! I think you need some exercise!” said Amy, “Won’t you come and play with me?”
“Sorry Amy, but I have to do what I have to do!” replied Candy, and kept right on eating.
The next day Amy found Candy curled up fast asleep in a strange looking sack hanging from a branch. In fact every time Amy came to see her, Candy seemed to be sleeping.
Then early one morning, Amy found the sack empty!
“Candy! Oh Candy! Where are you?” she cried. Suddenly there was a flutter of big colourful wings and a most gorgeous butterfly landed nearby and said “ Here I am Amy! It’s me – Candy!”
Amy could hardly believe it, but she knew it was Candy’s voice saying “Do you like my new wings Amy? I will show you how I can fly but first I must tell you the amazing dreams I had in my sack.”
Amy listened to Candy but none of her dreams were so wonderful as her friend turning from a caterpillar into this beautiful butterfly!
Arthur Ant was well known in the colony for being lazy. Everyone knew he just hated work.
One morning when the jobs were given out, Arthur was asked to take a work party out repair the old rope bridge across the river.
When Arthur went to inspect the bridge, he thought “Oh it’s not too bad! It will hold together a bit longer. We’ll do it tomorrow!”
Weeks went by and every day Arthur thought “The sun is too hot for work today. We’ll mend that bridge tomorrow!”
Finally, the rope bridge was so frayed in the middle, it broke! Many ants fell down into the water and it took the whole ant army a very long time to mend it again!
Arthur was brought before the Queen Ant. “I trusted you Arthur and you let me down” she said. “From now on you will not be in charge of any work parties. Instead you will have to have to work very hard underground in the nest until you learn that it is not good to be lazy.” Arthur felt very ashamed.
Inspired by the old proverb: “A stitch in time saves nine”.
“Shhh! Shhhh!” whispered Billy Bilby.
All of his family kept very still and quiet as Goanna walked on top of their hideaway under a rock shelf. They all knew that Mr. Goanna would love some bilbies for dinner!
When Goanna had gone away, Billy said “That was close! He almost found us!”
“Yes” said Cherry Nose “Even with our big ears we almost didn’t hear him coming.”
Then Billy asked if anyone in the family had any ideas to help keep them safer.
Finally, Cherry Nose said “I know! I found a bell in the paddock the other day. How about we tie it around Goanna’s neck! Then we would hear him coming and have plenty of time to hide!”
Everyone thought that was a wonderful idea until Billy said “Okay! Which one of you is going to tie the bell around Mr.Goanna’s neck?”
Nobody answered. Can you think why?
Inspired by Aesop’s fable “To Bell the Cat”
After the summer holidays, somebody new joined Bush School. It was Batty, the Fruit Bat.
Teacher Maggie Magpie welcomed him and also Wanda Wood Duck who had brought her new babies along.
Maggie saw a good opportunity to give her class a little test to see if they could count Wanda’s baby chicks.
Everyone counted them carefully, then wrote down the number “6” – all except Batty, who held up the number “9”. The others thought maybe he hadn’t learned to count very well yet, being new to Bush School.
Teacher Maggie was about to correct Batty when she suddenly realised that he really had written a ‘6’ but because he was upside down, it looked like a 9 to everyone else!
“Oh Batty” she said “You tricked us! You really did give the right answer! We must remember that we don’t all see things the same way!”
Everyone had a good laugh about the funny maths test.
It was sports day in Ocean School and time for the Sea Snail Race! Stripey, the reef fish, was watching them all line up. “You are all so slow!” he laughed “I’ll bet I could beat every one of you to the finish line.”
Spectrum, the Rainbow Snail challenged him. “OK Stripey, we all think we can get there before you – so go for it!”
Octopus counted from 10 to 1, lowered the starting flag and they all took off.
All of the Sea Snails were very slow as usual, so Stripey took his time, chatting to friends on the way.
“Hmm. I’d better go! I’m in a race!” he told them but he became so interested in their stories that he completely forgot about the time!
Time went by and much to everyone’s amazement, every single Sea Snail reached the Finish Line before Stripey!
Inspired by Aesop’s fable ‘The Hare & the Tortoise’.
Sammy Seagull was swimming in the sea one day when an awful thing happened. A big fish bit off one of his legs!
Sammy managed to fly to the rocky shore. Now he had to learn how to hop and stand on one leg!
Sammy thought the other gulls would feel sorry for him, but instead they stared and chased him away.
The leader of the flock, Starky, was the meanest of all and even stole Sammy’s food! Sammy was very sad. “I thought you were all my friends!” he said.
Soon after, the leader, Starkey, had the same thing happen to him when a big fish bit off one of his legs! He flew back to his flock and found they were nasty to him too – just because he looked different to them.
The only gull who came to help Starky was Sammy, because he understood.
“I’m sorry I was mean to you Sammy” said Starky, “Now I know what it feels like to be chased away just because you are different.”
Starky stood with Sammy and made an announcement to all the gulls in the flock. “I am still your leader, even though I have only one leg – and I hereby proclaim that from now on we will all be caring and kind to one another. This nastiness has to stop!”
Do you think they listened to him?
One day Teacher Maggie Magpie could hear angry voices at lunchtime in her Bush School.
“BURROW!” “TREE!” “GROUND!”
the voices yelled, getting louder and louder.
Maggie spread her wings and called for quiet.
The shouting gradually stopped.
Then Maggie asked Wombat, Koala and Roo what they had been arguing about.
Koala said… “We can’t agree on the best place to make a new home! I think it is high up in a gum tree next to yummy gum leaves!”
Wombat said… “Well I think it is in a warm, safe burrow under the ground near some nice crunchy roots!”
Roo said… “I think it is right here on the grassy ground” It’s nice and soft to lay on and the grass is nice to eat too!”
Teacher Maggie put her head on one side and thought for a moment.
“What is wrong with having different answers to the same question?” she said, “after all, you all chose the best place for a new home to be where each of you feel safe and have food close by.”
When they all thought about it, they realised how silly it had been to argue!