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Useful weblinks: Table Manners

  • This beautifully illustrated limerick version of the fable is from the book Baby’s Own Aesop (Walter Crane, illustrator).
  • Milo Winter (1886-1956) illustrated many of Aesop’s fables. He created two for this fable: the fox’s meal and the stork’s meal.
  • Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) also illustrated several of Aesop’s fables. He also created two for this fable, along very similar lines! The fox’s meal and the stork’s meal: students may wish to colour these line-drawings in.
  • There are lots of other beautiful illustrations of this fable. Check out a few more below:
    • Fish
    • Whoops!
    • The stork wins – it looks like the fox could just tilt the jar back with his paws here and pour the food into his mouth! Obviously though real-life foxes wouldn’t have had the dexterity to do this.
  • There are many animations of this fable available, which can add a visual element to exploring the fable with students. Here are a few particularly good examples:
    • This animation is well made and provides a nice visual aid for the fable.
    • The characters in this great animation are very endearing!
    • In this animation, the stork doesn’t seem to realise that the fox wouldn’t be able to eat out of the long, thin jar and it ends with a resolution that suits both!
    • Interpreting the moral as ‘one bad turn deserves another’, the stork in this animation is wholly unapologetic! Interpreting the moral in a similar vein (‘Tit for tat’), this animation even has the fox apologise at the end!
  • Above, some of the animations thought the message the fable was trying to get across was similar to the saying ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’ but another interpretation could be that what is suitable for one person/animal isn’t suitable for another – we are all different with different needs! Consider the quotes below and ask students what they think the moral message of the fable is: