Top 10: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
illustrated by Milo Winter
They say that kids don’t lie but they do. Children tell lies and sometimes do
all they can just to get what they want. In this case, try telling your child
Aesop’ fable of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”
Also known as “The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf,” this fable revolves around
a bored shepherd boy who amuses himself by calling out “wolf,” prompting
nearby villagers to come to his rescue. When they found out that it was just
a false alarm every time, they stopped believing what the boy said. One day,
a wolf really came and the boy cried again for help. This time, nobody came.
He and his flock were eaten by the vicious creature.
Lesson for the little ones: Always tell the truth.
Top 9: The Ugly Duckling
Disney 1931 version
This story stresses the importance of loving yourself and the finding your
rightful place under the sun. “The Ugly Duckling” is about a duckling
ostracized by his fellow fowl because of its unlikable physical appearance.
To the surprise of others, it grows into a beautiful swan.
The story stresses the importance of appreciating inner beauty and talents,
rather than mere physical appearance.
Lesson for the little ones: Love and appreciate your true self. (Learnhow to
Top 8: The Ant and the Grasshopper
You’ve heard it so many times now: “Mom, can I have an allowance
increase?” Before you stare at your child in disbelief, why not try teaching
him a thing or two about saving money.
“The Ant and the Grasshopper” tale is a perfect literary piece to share with
your little ones, if you wish to teach them lessons about wise spending.
The Ant and the Grasshopper Illustration
According to this tale, the grasshopper loves to have fun, use up all that it
has, and enjoy life lavishly. On the other hand, the ant is hardworking and
thrifty. One day, while the ant was delivering corn he was able to collect, the
grasshopper asked to join its merrymaking. The ant refused and proceeded
to collect more corn. Then came winter and as expected, the grasshopper
died of cold and hunger, while the ant survived the season because it was
Lesson for the little ones: Save now and prepare for the future.
Top 7: The Hare and the Tortoise
Children usually dream of becoming somebody famous and powerful. They
often want to be like their favorite superhero, cartoon character, or celebrity.
It seems almost inevitable that they compare themselves to others.
The Tortoise won
While you want your children to strive for greatness, you do not want them to
be boastful in their competition with other. The story of “The Hare and the
Tortoise” can teach them a positive lesson.
The story is about a tortoise and a hare that have an argument about who is
faster. They decide to settle the issue by setting a race. As expected, the
hare gets off to a thunderous start. After seeing that it is way ahead of the
tortoise, the hare sits under a tree and takes a nap. While the hare sleeps,
the tortoise slowly but surely gains ground. The tortoise finishes the race
first, much to the surprise of the hare.
Lesson for the little ones: Be humble.
Top 6: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
This story is about a beautiful lady named Snow White. She comes to live
with seven hardworking dwarfs after escaping a life of misery under the
jealous Queen who wants her killed. However, the evil Queen is persistent;
she disguises herself as an old lady and offers Snow White a poisonous
Snow White takes a bite and instantly falls unconscious. When her little
friends return, they chase the evil Queen to the mountains. A bolt of lightning
strikes the place where she stands and causes her to fall off the mountain.
Meanwhile, the dwarfs place the seemingly dead Snow White into a glass
coffin with gold trimming. Luckily, a prince comes to her rescue and “love’s
first kiss” awakens Snow White. Just as in most fairy tale endings, they live
happily ever after.
Lesson for the little ones: Good fortune comes to those who are kind-
Top 5: Cinderella
Another classic fairy tale is “Cinderella.”
Cinderella lives with her evil stepsisters and stepmother. All they ask her to
do is to clean the house and serve them. One day, the prince comes and
organizes a ball. Cinderella, who has nothing to wear at first,
Cinderella and her fairy Godmother
is still able to attend because of the help of her fairy godmother. She has a
ball gown, carriage, and newfound friends. The twist of the story is the
curfew set at 12 midnight.
Once the clock hits 12 midnight, she becomes her old poor ratty self. That
night she is able to meet the prince, who has fallen in love with her. As she
is in a hurry to beat her curfew, she leaves one of her glass slippers.
The prince then visits everyone young woman in town to find the owner of
the shoes. The two find each other again, making it another successful love
Lesson for the little ones: Treat your family members well.
The transformation of Cinderella from a dull and drab maidservant into an
spectacular princess with her ice-blue beaded ball gown with matching white
gloves, ice-blue headband and earrings is one of the best reasons why she
is also one of the Top 10 Most Famous Characters in Coloring Pages.
Top 4: Jack and the Beanstalk
Children will definitely love this story as it challenges their imagination.
Never have they seen a beanstalk that can grow high enough to reach the
The Giant Ogre
The character of the ogre with a gold harp and a chicken that lays golden
eggs also bolster the imagination. These vivid and fancy images can surely
stimulate the inquiring mind of your child.
This story is about Jack who exchanges his cow for five seeds that grow to
become a tall stalk. To his amazement, this actually leads to a kingdom
where an ogre lives. In this ogre’s house is a golden harp and a chicken who
can lay golden eggs. Jack discreetly enters his house and steals these
riches. Luckily, he is able to escape and cut the beanstalk to prevent the
ogre from following him.
Lesson for the little ones: Great deals may have a catch.
Top 3: Pinocchio
Popularized by Walt Disney, the story is about Geppetto, a kind old man who
creats a puppet from wood. He names his masterpiece, “Pinocchio” and
treats him like a son.
Pinocchio Jiminy Cricket and Figaro
In order for Pinocchio to become fully human, he must prove first that he is a
brave and truthful boy. However, instead of doing the right thing like
attending school, he opts to travel, tell lies and join a puppet show. When he
discovered that a whale has swallowed his father, he goes into the sea and
risks his life to save his father. This selfless act makes him worthy of
becoming a real human being.
So the next time you suspect your child is lying, remind him of Pinocchio and
see if he touches his nose.
Lesson for the little ones: Don’t lie!
Top 2: Three Little Pigs
The story of “The Three Little Pigs” is a story of ingenuity and cooperation in
the face of danger. Many children love stories centered on conquests and
winning over one’s enemies. Thus, they will surely love to hear how the
white, brown and black pigs win over the big bad wolf.
The Three Litte Pigs Singing
To escape the danger brought on by the hungry wolf, the three little pigs use
the houses they built as refuge. Built by the white pig, the first one is made
of straw. It is easily destroyed by the beast much like the next house made
of sticks that was built by the brown pig. The third house, made of bricks, is
their best refuge. The wolf can’t blow down the house no matter hard he
tries. What he does next is to get inside the house through the chimney.
The pigs light the fireplace. When the wolf falls, he falls directly into the
flames. Thanks to the quick minds and alertness of the pigs, they are able to
escape from the clutches of the wolf.
Lesson for the little ones: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
Top 1: Little Red Riding Hood
On the woods
Little Red Riding Hood has always been a part of children’s storybooks
because of the cunning character of the wolf that eats her and her
Little Red Riding Hood is asked by her mother to deliver food to her sick
grandmother who lives in the Woods. Along the way, she meets a wolf who
asks a lot of information about her and where she’s going. Unaware of the
dangers, she tells the wolf about her grandmother. As she stops by the road
to pick some flowers, the wolf goes to the old lady’s house and eats her.
Little Red Riding Hood is then surprised to see her grandmother with big
eyes, big hands, and big mouth. The wolf tricks the girl and eats her up.
Fortunately, a hunter passes by and hears the commotion. He shoots the
wolf and saves both the girl and the old lady from the wolf.
Lesson for the little ones: Don’t trust strangers.
These stories can stimulate your child’s creative minds, teach them lessons
they will need in life, as well as make them happy and contented before they
sleep. Happy reading!
* If you’ve ran out of stories, why don’t you make your own children
story. You can do this by learning how to write children’s books.