Very Short stories with morals, you must read to your kids before they reach 5.

Each one of us grown up listening short stories, Very Short Stories with morals left some meaningful traces on the mind of the reader. Short stories for students in English are the best for kids to read as bedtime stories and even kids like to read stories which have animal characters.

Stories for kids, Short stories in Simple English,

Here we have some of the very Short stories with morals in English from the storybook – Aesop’s Fables written by Aesop.

Very Short stories with morals

  • First 8 beautiful very small moral stories for kids.

  1. The Cock and The Pearl
  2. The Wolf and The Lamb
  3. The Dog and The Shadow
  4. The Lion’s Share
  5. The Wolf and The Crane
  6. The Man and The Serpent
  7. The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse
  8. The Fox and The Crow


The very short stories with morals collection, in Simple English for kids begins here:


  • The Cock and the Pearl

The Cock and the Pearl, The short stories, very short stories with morals, short stories for kids, simple English short stories.

A cock was once marching up and down the farmyard. when suddenly he got a glimpse of something shining amid the Haystack. He said with joy:

‘Ho! ho! that’s for me,

and soon rooted it out from beneath the Haystack. What was it, in his beak, it’s a Pearl that by some chance might have been lost in the yard? But then the Master Cock said:

This is a prize and precious for those who value it. For me a single barley-corn far more valuable than a peck of pearls.

Moral of this very short story:

Things are Precious only if they can value them. precious is for those who value it.


  • The Wolf and the Lamb

Once upon a time, There was a Wolf prowling along the hillside. Suddenly, he got a look of a Lamb, just beginning to drink a little lower down. Looking at the poor lamb, he said:

There’s my today’s meal, if only I can find some excuse to seize it.

Then he called out to the Lamb,

‘How dare you muddle the water from which I am drinking?’

The lambkin said in a polite way:

Nay, master, nay, if the water is muddy up there, I cannot be the cause of it, for it runs down from you to me.

Quickly the wolf changed the conversation and said:

Fine, but, last year same day, why did you call me bad names?

The Lamb again made its clarification.

‘That cannot be, I am only six months old.

The Wolf jumped on the lambkin saying:

I don’t care if it was not you. it was your father

and ate her all up. But before she died she gasped out.

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

This is a very short story with moral that:

Don’t explain your self to your enemy. Any excuse will serve a tyrant.


  • The Dog and the Shadow

This is a story of a Dog, who had got a big Bone from the meat shop and was carrying it home in his mouth to enjoy it in peace.

Now on his way home, he had to cross a bridge lying across a running canal. As he was crossing, suddenly in the middle of the bridge, he looked down and saw his own shadow reflected in the water beneath.

Thinking it was another dog in the water with another big Bone. He became greedy and now, want to have that too. So, to scare him away, he made a snap at the shadow in the water, but as he opened his mouth his own bone fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen more.

Moral of the Story:

We should not get greedy and should be happy with what we have. Be aware not to lose what you have for an illusion.


  • The Lion’s Share

Once a lion decided to go on the hunt along with the Fox, the Jackal, and the Wolf. They prowl and prowl till at last, they surprised a Stag, and soon took its life.

Then arise a question of how to divide the spoil. Then the Lion roared his discussion:

Make four pieces of this Stag

so the other animals started their work and skinned it and cut it into four parts. Then the Lion stood before them and pronounced judgment:

The first quarter is for me as King of Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter; another share comes to me for my part in the chase; and as for the final quarter, well, for that, I would like to see which of you dares to lay a paw upon it.’

All three moves around. ‘Huh,’ grumbled the Fox as he walked away with his tail between his legs; but then spoke to others, Note this lesson:

You may share the work, hard work, labors, but you will not share the prize.

This is a very short story with moral that:

You may share the work, hard work, labors, but you will not share the prize.


  • The Wolf and the Crane

A Wolf had killed an animal and was enjoying his treat when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in his throat and he could neither throw it out nor could swallow it.

He soon felt a terrible pain in his throat and ran here and there screaming and screaming and seeking for something to relieve the pain.

He tried every way to convince someone to relieve him from pain. He wandered in pain, groaning, saying

I would give anything, if you would take it out.

Finally, the Crane agreed to give it a try and asked the Wolf to lie on his side and open his jaws wider enough so she could see inside. Then the Crane put its long neck down Wolf’s throat, and with its long thin beak got the bone, and relieved the wolf from pain. The Crane said

Where is my reward, you promised?

The Wolf looked at the Crane and grinned and said:

Just look back. You had your head inside a Wolf’s mouth and you safely taken it out; that ought to be reward enough for you.

This, one of the very short stories with morals, conveys the message that:
Gratitude and greed do not go together.


  • The Man and the Serpent

Once a Farmer’s son, accidentally put his foot on a Serpent’s tail, which in return, bit him and the farmer’s son died.

The father out of revenge got his ax, and pursuing the Serpent, cut off part of its tail. So the Serpent in a rage began killing several of the Farmer’s cattle and caused him severe loss.

Well, the Farmer thought it’s best to make it up with the Serpent to save themselves from further loss and brought food and honey to the mouth of its lair, and said:

Let’s make a deal and start a new life without further damage to each other. let’s forget past and forgive each other; perhaps you were right to take your revenge with my son but surely I was also right in trying to revenge him; now that we are both done, let’s be friends again?’

The Serpent Said:

‘No, I don’t want it, take away your gifts; we both know, you can never forget the death of your son, nor I the loss of my tail.’

Another very short story with moral that:

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.


  • The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Once upon a time, A town mouse went on a visit to his cousin in the countryside. The cousin at the country welcomed his Town friend with full-heartedly. Beans, cheese, bacon, bread, whatever he finds, he offered them freely.

The Town Mouse rather looked at the treat and turned up his long nose at this country food and said:

I cannot understand, Cousin, how could you live with such poor food, Come with me to the town, I will show you how to live a life. One week in town would make you wonder how you could ever have stood a country life.’

No sooner said than done.

The two mice packed their bags and were on their visit to the town and arrived at the Town Mouse’s residence late at night. The polite Town Mouse said:

You surely must be hungry after our long journey, let’s have a refreshment treat

and took his friend into the grand dining-room. There they found the fine feast obviously the remains of the feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice. Suddenly they heard some weird sounds. The Country Mouse said.

‘What is that?

The Other answered:

It is only the dogs of the house

The Country mouse with a quick response said:


‘I do not like that music at my dinner.’ Just at that moment, the door flew open, in came two huge mastiffs, and the two mice had to fall back and runoff.

Good-bye, Cousin, said the Country Mouse, ‘What! going so soon?’ aid the other. ‘Yes,’ he replied;
‘Less at peace is far better than more in Fear’

Moral of the Story:

Less at peace is better than more in Fear


  • The Fox and the Crow

A Fox once was prowling around in the forest when he saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and The Crow set on a branch of a tree.

The cheese is mine, as I am a Fox.

said the Fox, and he walked toward the tree.

‘It’s a Good-day, Miss Crow, isn’t it?’ he cried. ‘How amazing you look today: Such shiny feathers; and those bright eyes. I feel sure your voice must be far more beautiful than that of other birds, let me hear but one song from you that I may title you, the Sweetest voice of all Birds.’

The Crow flattered by the Fox, lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the instant, she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell out of her beak, only to be snapped up by Fox. The Fox quickly grabbed the piece and started running saying:

That will do, That was all I wanted. In return, I will give you a piece of advice free for you .

Do not trust flatterers.

Moral of the Short story for kids:

Do not Trust Flatters.


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Did you like these short stories for kids? Very Short stories with morals are liked by all and these are the stories which are worth sharing with your friends. Not the fact that these are interesting but also they convey some significant points.

I like to read these to my kids as bedtime stories. If your kid like bedtime stories then these are the stories you must share with them, they are going to love these. Some more very Short stories with morals are waiting for you below:


  • Next 8 Very Short stories with morals for kids

  1. The Sick Lion
  2. The Ass and The Lapdog
  3. The Lion and The Mouse
  4. The Swallow and The Other Birds
  5. The Frogs Desiring a King
  6. The Mountains in Labor
  7. The Hares and The frogs
  8. The Wolf and The Kid

The above mentioned very short stories with morals in Simple English follows:


  • The Sick Lion

Once upon a time, a Lion was on his death bed and was waiting for his last breath and he lay sick unto death at the mouth of his cave, gasping for breath. Animals came at the cave to see him die and drew nearer as he grew more and more helpless. When they all saw him almost dead they thought to themselves:

Now the time has come to pay off old grudges.

So the Boar came up and drove at him; then a Bull took his turn with his horns; still, the Lion lay helpless before them: so the Donkey, seeing this, feeling quite safe from danger, decided to take his turn and turning his tail to the Lion kicked up his heels into his face.

This is a double death.

growled the Lion.

this short story:

Only cowards insult dying majesty.


  • The Ass and the Lapdog

A Farmer one day came to the stables to see to his animals. His farm includes many domestic beasts, but his favorite was an Ass, which was always well fed and often carried his master.

The Farmer also had a Lapdog, who danced about, waving his tail, and licked his hand and behave as happy as one can be. The Farmer gave the Lapdog some dainty food and sat down while he gave his orders to his servants.

The Lapdog jumped into his master’s lap and lay still as the Farmer grooms him.

The Ass, seeing this, broke loose and start behaving the way lapdog does.

The Farmer could not hold his laughter, so the Ass went up to him, and putting his feet upon the Farmer’s shoulder attempted to be into his lap.

The Farmer’s servants rushed up with sticks and soon taught a lesson to the Ass that clumsy jesting is no joke.


  • The Lion and the Mouse

Once upon a time, a Lion was sleeping, just then a Little Mouse began to go up and down upon the lion. The lion disturbed by this little mouse woke up from his sleep and put his paw upon the mouse. And as the king of the beasts opened his big jaws to eat him.

The Little Mouse pled before the Lion:

Forgive me, O King, Pardon me this time, I shall never do it again: who knows but what I may be able to do you in return some day?’

The Lion was so touched by the concern of the Little Creature to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go.

Some days after, the Lion was caught in a trap by some hunters, and they desired to carry him alive to the King, so, tied him to a tree and went in search of a wagon to take him.

By chance, just then that little Mouse was passing by, and seeing the sad Lion, went up to him and soon helped in getting out of the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts.

The little mouse said:

Was I not right?

This is one of my favorites very short stories with morals that gives the message:

However little a friend can be, Any Friend may prove great friends.


  • The Swallow and the Other Birds

Once a Countryman was sowing some hemp seeds in a field where a Swallow and some other birds were hopping for their food. The Swallow seeing the seeds said to other Birds:

Beware of that man,

The others said:

‘Why, what is he doing?

The Swallow explained:

He is Sowing the hemp seed; be careful and pick up each and every single seed, or else you will repent it.

The birds paid no heed to the Swallow’s warning, and as the time pass, the hemp grew up and soon, was made into cord, and of the cords, nets were made, and those birds that had unheard the Swallow’s advice was caught in nets made out of that very hemp.

‘What did I tell you?’ said the Swallow.

This, one of the very short stories with morals, conveys the message that:

Destroy the evil when it’s a seed, or it will grow up to your ruin.


  • The Frogs Desiring a King

The Frogs were living a happy life in a marshy swamp that just suited them. They spent most of the time in jumping here and there, caring for nobody and nobody troubling with them.

But some of them thought that this was not the right way of living, and they should have a king and a proper rule.

So, they made a decision to send up a petition to Jove to give them a true King.

Mighty Jove, Give us a king that will keep us in order and rule over us.

Jove laughed at them and threw a Huge Log, down into the swamp. The Frogs were frightened out of their lives and all rushed to the bank to look at the horrible monster; but soon, after seeing that it did not move, many started to venture out towards the Log, and even dared to touch it.

Then the greatest hero of the Frogs jumped upon the Log, thereupon all the Frogs came and did the same, and for some time the Frogs were scared by the Log but soon returned to their daily business without taking the slightest notice of their new King Log lying in their midst.

But this did not stay long, and they sent another petition to Jove, and said to him,

‘We want a real living king; one that will actually rule over us.’

Now this made Jove angry, so he sent them a big Stork that soon began to gobble them all up. Then the Frogs repented when too late.

Moral of the Story:

Better no rule than cruel rule.


  • The Mountains in Labour

One day Some Countrymen were working on their farms when they noticed that the Mountains were in labor;

smoke came out of the crater, the earth was shaking at their feet, trees were cracking, and huge rocks were falling. They felt sure that something wrong was going to happen. They all gathered at one place to see what horrible thing this could be.

They waited and waited, but nothing happened. At last, there happened a violent earthquake, and a huge crack appeared in the side of the Mountains.

They all fell down upon their knees, joined their hands and waited. And finally, a teeny, tiny mouse poked its little head and ran out of the gap towards them, and ever after they used to say:

Much outcry, little outcome.


  • The Hares and the Frogs

The Hares were so victimized by the other beasts, So, terrified but still, they have no place to go. Anytime they saw an animal coming towards them, the first approach is always Flight mode. 

One such incident happened when they saw a troop of wild Horses stampeding about, marched towards them,

Each Hare in quite a panic scuttled off to a lake, determined to drown themselves rather than live in fear always. But just about when they got near the bank of the lake, a troop of Frogs, frightened by the approach of the Hares jumped off into the water. One of the Hares said:

‘Truly, things are not so bad as they seem:

This, one of the very short stories with morals puts forwards the teaching that:

However miserable condition you are in, there is always someone worse off than you.


  • The Wolf and the Kid

Once a young Kid climbed up on the top of a house and when he looked down, saw a Wolf passing under him.

Immediately he began to shout and attack his enemy. He cried:

‘You Murderer and thief, How dare you to come near the houses, where your vile deeds are known?’

The Wolf turned and ran away from the houses saying:

Curse away, you lucky fellow, It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.

Moral of the story:

It is easy to curse others and be brave when you are safe. 


  • Next 4 very Short Stories with morals for kids
  1. The Woodman and the Serpent
  2. The Bald and the Fly
  3. The Fox and The Stork
  4. The Fox and the Ox


  • The Woodman and the Serpent

One wintry day a Woodman went to the Jungle to bring some wood to burn. Just then, he saw something black lying on the snow.

When he came closer to have a look, he saw it was a Serpent, which seems dead at first look. Then he took it up and put it in his bag to warm while he hurried home.

As he got home, he put the Serpent down on the hearth before the fire. His children circled around it and saw it slowly come to life again. Then one of them slightly moved toward him, seeing this, the Serpent raised its head and put out its fangs and was about to sting the child to death.

Suddenly, Woodman seized his ax, and with one stroke cut the Serpent in two and said:

‘Ah, No gratitude from the wicked.

This, one of the very short stories with morals, conveys the message that:

An evil enemy can never show gratitude. 


  • The Bald Man and the Fly

Once a Bald Man was taking a rest after a long working on a hot summer’s day. A little Fly came over him and kept buzzing around about his bald pate. The man was irritated by the fly so, he aimed a blow at his little enemy, but unfortunately ends up hitting on his head instead;

again the Fly reappeared him, but this time the Man was wiser and said:

I am only going to injure myself if I take notice of such despicable enemies.


  • The Fox and the Stork

This is a story of A Fox and A Stork who were friends. So, one fine day, the Fox invited the Stork to dinner, and for a joke, Fox didn’t put anything before her but some soup in a very shallow dish.

This the Fox could easily lap up and he enjoyed his meal, while the Stork could only wet the end of her long bill, So he left that evening as hungry as when she began. At her departure, the Fox said:

I feel sorry for you, I think, Soup is not to your liking.

The Stork replied:

Please, do not apologize, I hope to see you at my place soon, to dine with me as a return to this visit.

So a day was decided and the Fox visits the Stork; but when they were seated at the dining table all that was for their dinner was contained in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth. This time, the Fox could only lick the outside of the jar as he could not insert his snout. Seeing the Fox struggling, The Stork said

Here, I am not going to apologize for the dinner, One bad turn deserves another.


  • The Frog and the Ox

Once a father and a son frog were sitting by the pool. The little Frog said to his father:

Oh, Father, I have seen such a big and terrible monster! with horns, and a long tail, and it had hoofs divided in two.

No, child, No

said the old Frog,

that was just the Farmer’s Ox. It isn’t as big as you claim to be; he may be a little bit taller than me, but I could easily make myself much larger than him just with a blow.

So he blew to himself out and asked the kid:

Wasn’t he this big?

The young Frog replied.

‘Oh no father, much bigger than that

Once again, the father blew himself out and asked the child if the Ox wasn’t this big.

The young one with full enthusiasm replied. 

‘Bigger, father, bigger,

So the old one took a deep breath, and blew and blew, and swelled and swelled. And then he asked the young one:

‘I’m sure the Ox is not as big but at this moment he burst.

Moral of this very short Story is:

Egoism may lead to self-destruction.


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