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  •  Do you know if Aesop is the source for the story.. (1+ / 0-)
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    of the hungry mule who found himself an equal distance between two equal amounts of hay and starved to death because he couldn't decide which one was the best one to eat first. The moral related to something like: if you can't make a decision then you'll perish (or something like that, my memory fades).

    Also a very good book of fables from a modern children's author and illustrator is Arnold Lobel's "Fables" which won the Caldecott Medal in 1983. The stories and morals are very good, maybe a little longer than Aesop's (but still fit on one page) and excellently done illustrations that fit the stories well. A couple of the story titles are "The Crocodile in the Bedroom" (Moral: Without a doubt, there is such a thing as too much order) and "The Pig and the Candy Store" (Moral: A locked door is very likely to discourage temptation)--well you get the idea. I used to have a copy, but my son took it with him when he left the house to live on his own, that's how much he liked the book. My second copy is now with my grandson, so I may have to get another copy again just for me.

    Men must learn now with pity to dispense; For policy sits above conscience. — William Shakespeare, 'Timon of Athens', Act III, Scene II

    by dewtx on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 04:44:35 PM PST

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