Dancing Monkeys – Aesop’s Fables [1:24]


This lesser known Aesop’s fable tells a story of a dancing troupe of monkeys.  They perform beautifully for the king’s court.  However, one day a jealous dancer throw nuts on the stage and the monkeys go crazy.   The moral of the story, as the video mentions, is two-fold.  First, we must understand what we are as humans because we’ll only ever be such.  Second, don’t be fooled by outward appearances but judge others by their behavior.

Discussion Questions

  • What do you think he meant by ‘human nature’?  What do we all have in common as people?
  • There is a saying “actions speak louder than words”.  What does that mean?

Keywords: stories, storytelling, children, Aesop, Fables, moral, human nature, kids


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