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The honest woodcutter
An Aesop fable

A poor woodcutter accidentally dropped his axe into the river. He was very upset, as he had no money to buy another axe. Just then a fairy appeared in the river holding out a golden axe to him. “I found this axe in the river. Is this yours?”

“That’s not mine”, replied the woodcutter.┬áThe fairy then brought out a silver axe. The woodcutter disowned this one too. Finally, the fairy held out a wooden axe.

Smiling with happiness, the woodcutter said, “That’s mine. Thank you very much.”

The fairy felt very happy seeing his honesty and said, “Such honesty deserves a reward.” She gave the poor man all the three axes and disappeared.

Moral: Honest is the best policy. Always be honest.


Check back next week for another fun fable you can use with your kids to teach them about practicing good character!


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