The Stoic Fable Book is a collection of beautiful little stories that introduce children to the elegant lessons of Stoicism, a philosophy that can help us live happier, more meaningful lives.
Each fable is followed by information for parents about which Stoic quote the story illustrates — with insightful lessons from ancient philosophers like Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and Seneca.
The Stoic Fable Book is free to read on our website, and each story includes a narration that you can listen to with your kids.
When Groundhog saw Rabbit struggling to dig a burrow in the meadow, he stopped his own work and went to help.
While following a trail in the forest one day, Fox and Deer came to a fork in the path.
Three horses spent the spring together in a pasture: a foal, a young colt and an old stallion.
Sparrow and Owl were sitting together one evening when a crow landed on a nearby branch and peered at them rudely.
Robin woke up early every day to catch the choicest bugs for breakfast, but Chipmunk liked to sleep in late.
Turtle was lying on a log in the water, enjoying the feel of the sun on her shell, when she saw Beaver swim by.
A beautiful orchid grew at the top of a high bluff in the forest, and no one had ever laid eyes upon it.
Squirrel visited Groundhog nearly every day, and they were the best of friends.
Mouse was hiding in a log to shelter herself from a rainstorm. Soon Rabbit happened by, and he stopped to nibble on some grass in the rain.
Beaver worked hard for many days to build his lodge, and had nearly finished when a heavy rain came and washed it away.
A big, strong ox was made to pull heavy carts by a farmer every day.
Squirrel found a beautiful walnut in the forest, and became very fond of it.
A bright yellow trumpet lily had bloomed in the farmhouse garden, and the wily farm cat went to sniff at it one sunny afternoon.
Chipmunk had finally found the perfect glade for a new home, but an ugly stump sat right where she wanted to dig her burrow.
The Old Buck had lived for a long time, and he wasn’t able to move quickly anymore.
Muskrat and Chipmunk were sitting together near the creek one afternoon when a beetle crawled past them.
Two mischievous raccoon brothers had disobeyed their mother, and she found them hiding from her in the woods.
Fox decided that visiting every part of the forest would make him wiser, so he set off to explore.
Chipmunk was visiting with Deer one evening when a small snake slithered past them on the ground.
A black bear cub had discovered a clever new trick for catching fish, and he brought his siblings to the creek to teach them.
Fox and Robin visited the glade together to see Deer’s new fawn, who was just learning to run and jump on her wobbly legs.
It had been a hard winter, and Deer was foraging near the frozen creek when she spied Beaver pulling a bare branch through the snow.
Fox was enjoying the shade beneath Owl’s tree one summer afternoon when a bright green dragonfly buzzed past him.
While Chipmunk was foraging for food, she spied a big, beautiful acorn on the branch of a tall oak tree.
Mouse was feeling restless one day, and went to tell the Old Buck about it.
Fox was walking through the woods one cold winter morning when he heard a knocking above him. He looked up and saw Woodpecker tapping away at a tree trunk, hunting for bugs.