I am currently reading Aesop’s Fables and especially loved this passage:
A Wolf had been gorging on an animal he had killed, when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in his throat and he could not swallow it. He soon felt terrible pain in his throat, and ran up and down groaning and groaning and seeking for something to relieve the pain. He tried to induce every one he met to remove the bone. “I would give anything,” said he, “if you would take it out.” At last the Crane agreed to try, and told the Wolf to lie on his side and open his jaws as wide as he could. Then the Crane put its long neck down the Wolf’s throat, and with its beak loosened the bone, till at last it got it out. “Will you kindly give me the reward you promised?” said the Crane. The Wolf grinned and showed his teeth and said: “Be content. You have put your head inside a Wolf’s mouth and taken it out again in safety; that ought to be reward enough for you.”
Gratitude and greed go not together.
The classic tale of the Tortoise and the Hare also comes from Aesop’s Fables. His fables consist of roughly one to three paragraph short stories about man and animal, but mostly anthropomorphized animal with a moral or bite of wisdom to each tale. I also think this would make a great bedtime story for anyone 12 and over. You can read the whole book for free by “purchasing it” for $0.00 at Amazon.com. Then either read it in your Kindle Reader device (applications are available for Windows, Mac OSX, Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, and even HP webOS) or your web browser at read.amazon.com (this like all SSL websites won’t work if your system clock is off by more than 24 hours or your web browser is an antique).