The Goose that laid the Golden Eggs, one of Aesop’s Fables.
A long time ago lived a writer, called Aesop, in Ancient Greece. He is thought to have lived around 600 years BC and is considered to be the writer of many famous stories. Often, Aesop’s tales feature animals through whom he imparts a moral message.
Once upon a time, there lived a very poor farmer. He was so poor that he lived in a crumbling cottage and slept on a bale of straw with his wife. However, the poor farmer had the good fortune to possess a goose that laid golden eggs whenever the farmer visited the goose’s nest. Each day, the farmer took the eggs to market to sell them and soon he began to get rich. However, the farmer believed he wasn’t getting rich fast enough and so had an idea to get all the eggs at once to sell. Later that day, the farmer went to visit the goose. He killed the goose and cut it open, hoping to find lots of eggs. But the farmer found no such thing; inside the goose, there was not one golden egg. Driven by greed, the farmer was left with no eggs, no goose and returned to poverty.
Can you work out the moral of the story?
Written by: Holly Pigache