The Ogre Bully is a Swedish folktale that is told by A.B. Hoffmire about a greedy ogre that appears at a young farmer's fields. The Ogre claims the young farmer's fields and steals his crops, leaving the young farmer nothing to eat or sell. Facing the possibility of a complete financial collapse, the farmer and his wife come up with an ingenious plan to fool the Ogre and regain their fields and crops. In the end, through perseverance, they are able to outwit the Ogre and avoid a disaster.
The tale of the greedy Ogre Bully provides some valuable life lessons in character values. Instead of giving up and submitting to the Ogre, the farmer and his wife stand up to the bully. He and his wife must dig deep to find the courage and resourcefulness to outwit the greedy Ogre. In life, we are faced with many challenges that may seem very intimidating at first. The folktale teaches the valuable lesson of standing up and facing those challenges head on, to persevere and take responsibility regardless of how intimidating the situation might be.
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When most people think of Aesop's Fables they think of classic stories like “The Tortoise and the Hare” or “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse”. But there is a wide range of lesser known fables credited to Aesop including the three stories in the The Bear, the Bat, and the Dove retold by Rob Cleveland. “The Bear and the Two Travelers” tells a story of loyalty and trust as a bear threatens the lives of two friends. “Why Bat Flies at Night” tells the story of a bat that must choose a side in the battle between the birds of the sky and the land animals. Finally, “The Ant and the Dove” tells the story about a brave ant that repays a dove for saving his life when a bird catcher is about to trap the dove.
This collection of three timeless fables teaches valuable life lessons just as all of Aesop's Fables illustrate simple truths about human nature. Rob Cleveland uses these charming stories to highlight valuable life lessons in character values such as loyalty, sharing, courage, trust, and resourcefulness. These fables demonstrate the importance of loyalty and why we need to choose friends we can trust very carefully. We also see how courage and resourcefulness play critical roles in the plots of all three fables.
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