A Fable is a short story that teaches a lesson, or a moral.  The characters are usually personified animals that have human flaw, or problem.  One character learns a lesson from another character.  

Aesop's Fables Interactive Book



A legend is a story coming down from the past; especially one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable.




Pourquois tales that gives an explanation for why things in nature are a certain way.  Characters are usually animals or objects in nature.  One character has a flaw, or problem.  

Myths and Legends 

Click here to read / listen to many myths and legends from around the world.



Tricksters Around the World Stories


Trickster Tales are short stories where one character is a trickster that uses clever pranks, or tricks to fool another character.  Often the trickster is much smaller and weaker than the character he fools.  The main characters are usually animals.  The story is short and usually funny. 




Fairy Tales are stories that are about magical and imaginary people and lands.  This tale always ends in a happy ending. 


Fairy Tale Stories

Garfield and the Beanstalk