9 short Stories for Kids from around the world with morals

 1.  The Fox and Crow

A Fox once observed a Crow fly off with a slice of cheese in its beak and land on a tree branch.


There was a fox who wanted this slice of cheese, he slowly approached the tree.


"Good day, Mistress Crow," he exclaimed. "How well you look today: your feathers are shiny, your eyes are sparkling. I am confident that your voice, like your figure, must be superior to that of other birds; let me hear only one song from you so that I can hail you as the Queen of Birds."


The Crow lifted her head and began to claw her best, but as soon as she opened her lips, the slice of cheese dropped to the ground, only to be picked up by Master Fox.


 "That will do," he said. "That is all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese, I'll give you this bit of advice for the future: "Do not trust flatterers."

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2. The Peacock and Crane

A peacock stood on the brink of a pond. He spent hours admiring his own attractiveness by viewing his reflection in the lake.

"What a magnificent creature I am," he told himself. "Look at my golden feathers and bright colors—no other bird is as beautiful as me!"


  A loud noise abruptly interrupted his thoughts. A crane had landed close to him in the pond and was taking huge steps through the water.


"Hello, you nasty bird! "What are you doing here?" the peacock said. However, the crane remained calm and proceeded to scour the pond for anything to eat.


  "Look at you!" the peacock said. "you are all grey and nasty. And the lengthy legs and neck. You're not beautiful. "Especially compared to me!"


At this point, the crane paused and gently lifted his head. He gazed at the peacock with surprise.


 "I mean, look at me!" remarked the peacock. "I am the most beautiful bird of all. My tail alone is more vivid than yours."


The crane had had enough. He took to the skies and exclaimed, "You are correct. You are a stunning bird, far more colorful than I am. But, you know what? I can soar high in the air and fly to the horizon. I have freedom in my wings and can view the world from above. You, on the other hand, simply sit on the ground all the time and get stared at by strangers."


 The arrogant peacock realized how mistaken he had been. He attempted to apologize to the crane, but he had already flown towards the horizon.


Moral of the Story


Vanity and arrogance, like the peacock, may distort one's self-image and make them disrespectful to other living creatures. The crane tells us that beauty isn't the most essential characteristic in the world.


3. The Sun and Wind


The wind and the sun once argued about who was stronger. The wind said he was stronger than the sun, while the sun claimed he was more powerful than the wind. They  were not willing to recognize the other's superiority, so the dispute continued. Finally, they both agreed to do something to demonstrate their argument.

Just then, they noticed a man driving down the road. The sun had a wonderful idea and told the wind, "Let us test our might against that man. Whoever can compel him to remove his jacket will be deemed the winner. The breeze gladly agreed, instructing the sun to hide behind the clouds. The wind then created a cool breeze all over the area and began blowing stronger. However, the stronger the wind blew, the closer the man gripped his coat against him. The wind blew till he was spent, yet he could not get the coat off the man's back.


Now it was the sun's turn. He emerged from the clouds and began to shine with all his power. The man began to feel the heat from the sun. The sun gradually became hotter. Soon, the man began to sweat. He removed his jacket and made for the nearest shade tree.

As a result, the sun demonstrated his superior might to the wind.


4. The Boy And The Nettles


A small boy was playing in the fields when he was stung by a nettle and came screaming to his father. He informed him that he had been stung by the horrible weed numerous times before, that he was always terrified of it, and that now he only touched it as lightly as possible because he was so badly affected. "Child," he continued, "your gentle and timorous touch is exactly why it hurts you.


 A nettle may be handled properly if you do it with courage and determination; if you take it confidently and grip it tightly, you can be sure it will never hurt you; and you will meet many other types of people and things in the world that should be treated in the same way."


5. The Lion's Share

One day, a lion went hunting in the jungle with a fox, a jackal, and a wolf. After a lengthy hunt, they killed a stag.

The question now was how the game would be shared among the four. The lion was exceedingly cunning and commanded, "Divide the stag into four parts." The first half is mine because I am the ruler of the jungle; the second is mine because I am the judge in this case; and the third should be granted to me for my participation in the pursuit. The final section is for both of you. "You can share it equally." He challenged them to try to claim their share. The others were afraid of the lion's power, so they did not dare.

The fox was dissatisfied and unwillingly muttered to himself, "One may assist the great in their mission but cannot expect to receive an equal share."


 6. Union is Strength: A Story with Moral

A guy formerly lived in a village. His name was Amol. Amol has five sons. All five sons were diligent and noble, but they lacked cohesion. Amol always recommended his boys to live together, but they ignored his counsel. That's why Amol was always worried.


 One day, Amol came up with an idea. He told each of his sons to collect wood from the bush. All five brothers walked to the adjacent rainforest and brought the woods. Amol took all the woods and bound them with a rope.


Now he instructed his sons to split the package one by one. First of all, Amol's eldest son snatched the bundle and attempted to shatter it. He did his hardest to shatter the bundle, but it was in vain. Then the second brother arrived and attempted to break the bundle but failed. All of the brothers attempted to split the bundle in the same way, but no one succeeded.


  Now Amol told his boys to untie the woods. Then dad handed each kid a piece of wood and told them, "Now try to break the wood." Amol's boys immediately broke through the woods. Amol told his boys, "Look, you couldn't break the wood till they were joined, but after they were divided, you could break them easily. All of the brothers listened intently. They understood their father's counsel. One of them remarked, "Father, we have grasped your counsel; we will live together and never argue. The youngest son said, "Brother is correct; we have come to understand that union is strength."


Moral of the Story

"Union is a strength" "Disunity is always harmful for us"


  7. A wise judge.

Golden jewelry was missing from a wealthy man's home. There were a few people working in the residence. Naturally, it was thought that one of the staff had taken the necklace. They were all asked. But no one acknowledged their crime.

So, the master of the home filed a complaint with the Judge. All the staff were called before the court. However, all of the staff disputed the claim.


  The judge then devised a plan. He handed each of them a stick of the same length and instructed them to bring it to court the next day. He informed them that the person who had taken the jewelry would see his stick grow an inch. When they came home, they left their sticks as they were. However, the staff who took the stick reduced it by one inch. The next day, when everyone presented their sticks, it was discovered that one was an inch short. The thief was eventually caught and punished.

MORAL: The truth is always disclosed.



A wealthy elderly farmer summoned his sons to his bedside, convinced that he had just a few days left to live.

"My boys," he added, "hear what I'm saying to you. Do not part with the estate that has been in our family for centuries. There is a valuable treasure concealed somewhere on it. I'm not sure where it is exactly, but it's there and you'll find it. Spare no effort and leave no stone unturned in your search.


The father died, and as soon as he was buried, his sons began digging with all their might, turning up every foot of earth with their spades and going over the entire property two or three times.  
They discovered no hidden gold. Because they had dug the property inside out the crop started growing better. After settling their accounts and pocketing a profit far greater than that of any of their neighbors, they realized that the treasure their father had told them about was the wealth of a bountiful crop, and that they had discovered the treasure through their industry.

MORAL: Hard Work Pays


9. The Fox and the Woodcutter.

Some hunters were after a fox. The fox approached a woodcutter and pleaded for aid. "Please hide me, kind woodcutter," the fox asked. The woodcutter told the fox to enter his house.
Soon, the hunters arrived. They questioned the woodcutter, "Did you see a fox?" The woodcutter replied, "No," but pointed to his house. The hunters had no idea why the woodcutter was pointing, so they left.


  After a while, the fox emerged from the home. The fox didn't say "thank you." The woodcutter became irritated with the fox and demanded, "Why don't you say thank you?"
"I wanted to thank you," the fox explained. "But I saw you singling to the hunters." Your words did not reflect your deeds.


MORAL: You should act and talk respectfully.

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