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Watch ABCmouse’s Early Learning Academy retell The Lion & the Mouse fable with a focus on vocabulary.

“Aesop” is from the Greek word Aisōpos. Unfortunately, historians know just as little about the meaning and origin of the Greek word as they do about Aesop himself. Pronunciation of the fabulist’s name is also not entirely agreed upon. The classical Latin pronunciation is AY-sop. The more modern pronunciation is EE-sop. You will likely hear it said both ways.

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Making Connections


When is the last time you did something kind for someone else? Did it bring you joy in return?


Can you think of another story that is similar to The Lion & the Mouse? How was it the same? How was it different?


Do you think it’s smart to teach people lessons about kindness and other subjects through storytelling? Why or why not?

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