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Fables in Folktales (Dewey 398)

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Moral Stories (Fables) and Parables (Dewey 398.2)

Aesop *, La Fontaine *, Jataka *, Bidpai *, Panchatantra *, Chinese *, Persian *

Fables are about animals that talk and behave as human beings. The characters have no names. A character may act good (wise, kind) or bad (greedy, vain). The fable teaches a lesson or moral.

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For a broadened view of folklore, refer to The Folktale by Stith Thompson for tale types and motifs.

For your reading enjoyment, peruse "Folk Tales of the North American Indians" by Stith Thompson. It includes tales categorized by culture group and motif.