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July 15, 2013

How To Create Interesting Characters for a Fable

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Summer Writing Program; To Create Interesting Characters for A Fable

A fable is a short tale that teaches a moral lesson; it often uses animals or inanimate objects as characters.

In a fable, an inanimate object can have human characteristics, too. A teapot could be short and stout, and a hammer could be blunt.

Fox and the Crow

A crow who had stolen a piece of cheese was flying toward the top of a tall tree where he hoped to enjoy his prize, when a fox spied him.

“If I plan this right,” said the fox to himself, “I shall have cheese for suppler.”

So as he sat under the tree, he began to speak in his politest tones:

“Good day, mistress crow, how well you are looking today! How glossy your wings, and your breast is the breast of an eagle. And your claws — I beg pardon—your talons are as strong as steel. I have not heard your voice, but I am certain that it must surpass that of any other bird just as your beauty does.”

The vain crow was pleased by all this flattery. She believed every word of it and waggled her tail and flapped her wings to show her pleasure. She liked especially what friend fox said about her voice, for she had sometimes been told that her caw was a bit rusty. So, chuckling to think how she was going to surprise the fox with her most beautiful caw, she opened wide her mouth.

Down dropped the piece of cheese! The wily fox snatched it before it touched the ground, and as he walked away licking his chops, he offered these words of advice to the silly crow:

“The next time someone praises your beauty be sure to hold your tongue.”

Moral: Flatterers are not to be trusted.

From Aesop’s Fables, Grosset & Dunlap


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About the Author

Shari Popejoy, wife of twenty-eight years, mother of three, founder of a local co-op for hundreds of homeschool children, author of seven books, and creator of Won Without Words (a blog of encouragement for wives) lives in the quiet country of the Ozarks where she enjoys writing surrounded by nature (and her children, of course). She is currently completing Volume V of the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for 'smart' kids, which features characters with character, and underlying allegorical spiritual truths. She enjoys high places and the road less traveled, and moments when all is well, and peace permeates like a fragrance. . .oh, and chocolate, fresh fruit and veggies, and early morning sunrises. Read her blog at


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