The short fable The Congress of Micewritten by Samaniego, it teaches children that it is very easy to come up with and propose ideas but it is not always as easy to carry them out. Short fables are a great way to transmit to our children values and teachings. It is a very useful read for children.
Tired of the continuous attacks of a huge cat, the mice gather to find a solution. Are they going to find it?
Once upon a time, there was a family of mice that lived in the pantry of a house, but always fearing the attacks of a huge cat, the mice did not want to go out. Whether it was day or night, this terrible enemy had them guarded.
One fine day they decided to put an end to the problem, so they held a meeting at the request of the chief of the mice, who was the oldest of all.
The chief of the mice said to those present:
- I have ordered you to gather so that we can all find a solution. We can't live like this!
- I ask the permission to talk! - Said a very attentive mouse. Let's tie a bell to the cat, and thus we will know at all times where it is going. The sound will put us on alert and we can escape in time.
Such an interesting proposal was accepted by all the rodents to great applause and happiness. With the bell they would be saved, because its ringing would warn of the arrival of the enemy in time to get to safety.
- Silence! - Shouted the chief mouse, then said: An important question remains: Who of all will give the cat the bell?
Hearing this, the little mice were suddenly quiet, very quiet, because they could not answer that question. Suddenly everyone began to feel fear. And everyone, absolutely everyone, ran back to their caves, hungry and sad.
Moral: It is easier to propose ideas than to carry them out.
Surely the children have enjoyed reading this fable a lot and you have also enjoyed having a moment for yourselves. First goal achieved! Now it's time to take the second step: to check if your little one has understood the story of 'The Mice Congress' well and, above all, if he has grasped the final message.
The best way to check is to do a mini test. Here are a series of questions that you can ask your child about this story featuring cute rodents.
- Where did this family of mice live?
- What were they afraid of?
- What does one of the mice propose to do with the cat?
- Why did they not carry out the decision in the end?
- What is the moral of this story?
Another game that you can play with children to increase their vocabulary and reading comprehension (everything will depend on the child's age) is to define the meaning of some of the words that appear in the text above, for example, pantry, mouse, cat or rattle.
You can also make them look for words that belong to the same semantic group or are related to each other. Example: fear, sad, happiness. What are they all?
The older ones can practice verb tenses. Find or indicate in the text at least one infinitive form, one for the past and one for the present.
And, finally, another activity that we propose is to find synonyms or antonyms. For example, cat-feline, mouse-rodent, question-doubt or sad-happy, old-young and enemy-friend.
To find the origin of the fables we have to fix our eyes on the East, specifically, on India. They arose with the aim of educating the children of the country's nobles and transmitting values to them. They were texts with a clear educational intention, short and short and easy to understand, characteristics that made them soon reach Greece.
Aesop was the one who copied the format a little and, from there, more authors such as Fredo, Fontaine, Iriarte and Samaniego emerged who, like their colleagues, used animals to tell stories. We have gathered for you some of his best known stories.
- The fox and the grapes
This fable, which is attributed to Aesop, was covered over the years by Samaniego. It is a great tool to talk to children about values such as perseverance, the importance of fighting hard for what they want and striving to get what they want.
- The lion and the Mouse
Many times we people - children and adults - let ourselves be carried away by appearances and that is a serious mistake. Said like this it can be difficult to understand, especially for the little ones in the house, so we suggest that you tell them the story of 'The Lion and the Mouse' and that the children learn that we are all important and necessary.
- The flies
If you want to work patience with your children, show them that many times impatience to get something can turn against them, as it happens to these flies eager to eat honey from a honeycomb. Do you want to know how the story ends?
- The ass and the pig
Sometimes we turn our eyes to our partner and envy him. We believe that his life is better than ours and we curse ourselves for no reason, because if we really did a little research and knew what the person next to us is like and what he has or does not have, we would rethink to wish his luck. An example, who do you think has better luck, an ass or a pig?
If your little one has become interested in these short stories, take advantage of this circumstance and do not stop telling more short fables before bed or at any other time of the day! Here you have a wide selection with some of our favorites.
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