Silk Road Fables
Silk Road Fables

an you imagine a world without phones, TV, or the internet? How would words and pictures travel? How would people share what they enjoy or believe?

Hundreds of years ago, merchants, missionaries, and other travelers made their way between the cities of Asia. They journeyed through mountains and deserts along the Silk Road. They traveled as far east as China and as far west as Europe, alongside camels in long caravans.

Along the way, at inns and oases, the travelers told stories. Many are fables — stories with a lesson about the consequences of good and foolish behavior. The characters are usually common people, or animals that speak and act like humans.

Some fables have traveled across thousands of years and dozens of cultures. The characters or settings may change, but the lesson stays the same.

Take a look at some stories that were told along the Silk Road...

What's the Moral?
What's the Moral?

Each of these fables has a moral — sometimes more than one. A moral is a lesson about the consequences of good and bad behavior.

Which moral best matches each story?
 Drag the answers into the right spots and then check your answers.

The moral of
"The Stonecutter that Was Never Satisfied" is...

The moral of
"The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs" is...

The moral of
"The Fable of the Lion and the Hare" is...

Greed destroys the source of good.
Happiness comes from inside.
Don't talk to strangers.
Cleverness can conquer physical strength.
Tell the truth.
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