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50+ Best Moral Stories in English For Children

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Best Moral Stories in English

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Best Moral Stories in English

The King Cobra and the Ants.

Once there lived a king cobra in a small hole. When he was small he ate little creatures.
As he grew up he began to eat eggs, lizards, frogs and rabbits.
And when he grew up further he started to eat even other smaller snakes. His pride grew with him.
All small animals began to fear the king cobra. This boosted up his pride.
He began to think “Now I am the most powerful creature. I am the king of the forest. All animals fear me. Let me move from this small hole to a bigger place”.
He searched for a place to suit his size and status.
Finally he came across a big tree. He selected the tree for his house. He saw an ant hill near the tree.
He thought “Why should there be an ugly ant hill near my royal house?” He hissed aloud “I am king Cobra, the king of the forest. I order the ants to vacate immediately”. There was no reply. He got wild and struck at the ant hill.
What a surprise! In a minute thousands of ants swarmed up the king cobra biting him everywhere.
The king cobra could not bear the pain. He ran away.

Moral Story : Pride goes before fall.

The Red Hen and Her Friends.

Once, there lived a hen with her five chicks. The hen was as red as beetroot.
She had three friends : a duck, a cat and a dog. They all lived happily.
One day, the red hen stumbled on to a wheat seed. “Hey, who among you wish to plant this seed?” she asked.

“Not me, friend” refused the duck.
“Nor can I.” declined the cat.
“Count me not.” the dog turned his back.

“All right. I will do it then by myself,” said the hen. She planted the see and watered it. Alas! It grew quickly to yield the brownish wheat. “Hi! There, who among you wish to harvest the wheat?” asked the red hen.

“Not me, friend,” the duck sounded bored.
“Nor can I.” shrugged the cat.
“Count me not!” avoided the dog.

“If so, I will do it by myself,” the red hen spoke up as she laboured all day along. By evening she had two gunny bags full of wheat.

“Hello pal! Who among you will lend me a hand to grind this wheat? She queried. All the three refused as usual.
“I will see that I grind this by myself. I will make flour, knead dough and bake bread!” she announced. The next day she baked delicious bread.
“Howdy, who among you wish to eat this bread?” she asked merrily.

“I want to!” answered the duck, smacking her lips.
“Me too!” said the cat with his mouth watering.
“Yummy, smells good,” spoke up the dog, shuffling his feet eagerly.

“None of you can have a bite! I slaved in the field and at home. Only my children and I are entitled to eat this bread!” So saying the red hen fed her chicks and ate a sumptuous meal that day.

Moral Story : There are no gains without pains.

The Donkey’s Brain

Best Moral Stories in English

In the forest lived a lion. He had a jackal as his partner. They both always went together for hunting.
The lion used to kill the animals and the jackal got his share for helping the lion then and there.
One day, the lion fell-sick. He could not go out. But he was very hungry.
He called the jackal and said, “Dear friend, I am hungry. But, I am too sick to hunt. You have to help me get some food”.
The jackal went off in search of prey. He found a donkey at last. He said to the donkey, “Hello, Donkey Sir! The king of the forest wants to make you his minister”.
The foolish donkey was too happy to think of the plot. He followed the jackal. The lion killed the donkey.
But, before eating, he felt so thirsty. He said to the jackal, “Take care of the donkey. I will return in no time”.
As soon as the lion left, the jackal started eating the brain of the donkey. When the lion returned he found the donkey’s brain missing.
He asked the jackal. “Where is the donkey’s brain?”
The jackal answered timidly, “If he had a brain would he have come here?”

Moral Story : A small thought saves a lot.

Selfish Friendship.

Once a cat was caught in a hunter’s net. A mouse used to live in a nearby hole.
The mouse seeing the cat in the net started playing around the cat.
Soon a mongoose came there. He wanted to kill the mouse. As he lifted his head, he saw an owl sitting on a tree trying to catch him.
The mongoose went very near the cat’s net to save himself.
The mouse thought “When the hunter takes away the cat, the mongoose will not spare me and the owl is there to enjoy both of us.”

The Mouse went to the cat and said,

“I can cut the net if you promise to save my life from the mongoose and the owl.” The cat agreed.
The mouse started cutting the net slowly and freed the cat only when the hunter was just near the cat.
The cat took to heels and so ran the mongoose too. The owl was very much disappointed to see even the mouse running away to safety.
A few days later, the cat being hungry, went to the hole of the mouse and requested him to come out for a game. The mouse replied,

“I sought friendship and saved you to save my life.” Now you can go home.

Moral Story : Don’t nurture friendship with selfish people.

Long Story in English for Students

Bell The Cat

There was a grocery shop in a town. Plenty of mice lived in that grocery shop. Food was in plenty for them. They ate everything and spoiled all the bags. They also wasted the bread, biscuits and fruits of the shop.
The grocer got really worried. So, he thought “I should buy a cat and let it stay at the grocery. Only then I can save my things.”
He bought a nice, big fat cat and let him stay there. The cat had a nice time hunting the mice and killing them. The mice could not move freely now. They were afraid that anytime the cat would eat them up.
The mice wanted to do something. They held a meeting and all of them tweeted “We must get rid of the cat. Can someone give a suggestion”?
All the mice sat and brooded. A smart looking mouse stood up and said, “The cat moves softly. That is the problem. If we can tie a bell around her neck, then things will be fine. We can know the movements of the cat”.
“Yes, that is answer,” stated all the mice. An old mouse slowly stood up and asked, “Who would tie the bell?” After some moments there was no one there to answer this question.

Moral Story : Empty solutions are of no worth.

Short Stories On Happiness And Contentment

The Foolish Donkey.

A salt seller used to carry the salt bag on his donkey to the market every day. On the way they had to cross a stream. One day the donkey suddenly tumbled down the stream and the salt bag also fell into the water.
The salt dissolved in the water and hence the bag became very light to carry. The donkey was happy.
Then the donkey started to play the same trick every day. The salt seller came to understand the trick and decided to teach a lesson to it. The next day he loaded a cotton bag on the donkey. Again it played the same trick hoping that the cotton bag would be still become lighter. But the dampened cotton became very heavy to carry and it suffered much. It learnt a lesson. Afterwards it did not play the trick and the seller was happy.

Moral Story : Luck won’t favour always.

The King’s Painting

There was a king with only one leg and one eye but was generous and competent as a ruler. One day while walking in his palace, the king noticed the portraits of his ancestors along the hallway. He also wanted his portrait painted by an artist but was unsure how it would turn out due to his physical abnormalities. The King invited all the painters across the kingdoms and asked who could paint a beautiful picture of him. The painters were confused about how to make a beautiful picture of the King with only one leg and one eye.

All the painters politely refused to make a painting of the King. Then one young painter came forward and ensured to make a beautiful portrait of the King. After a few days, the young painter unveiled the portrait in the court in which the King was seen sitting on the horse with one leg visible, holding his bow and aiming the arrow with one eye closed. There was no sign of physical deficiencies in the king in the painting. The King was pleased to see that the painter had creatively presented the King’s positive characteristics but not highlighted the abnormalities.

Moral Story : Look at the positive aspects of someone without emphasizing the limitations.

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

A shepherd boy in a village used to take his herd of sheep across the fields near the forest. He felt this job was very dull and wanted to have some fun. One day while grazing the sheep, he shouted, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is carrying away a lamb!” Farmers working in the nearby fields came running for help but didn’t find any wolf. The boy laughed and replied, “It was just fun. There is no wolf here”.

The boy played a similar trick repeatedly for many days. After some days, while the shepherd boy was in the field with the herd of sheep, suddenly, a wolf came out from the nearby forest and attacked one of the lambs. The boy was frightened and cried loudly, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is carrying a lamb away!” The farmers thought the boy was playing mischief again. So, no one paid attention to him and didn’t come to his help.

Moral Story : No one believes a liar even if they speak the truth once.

Short Story in English with Moral

The Miser and His Gold

Best Moral Stories in English

Once, there was a miser who would hide all his gold under the stones in his garden. He never spent his gold, and without fail, he would count his coins before going to bed every day. One day a thief spotted him counting his coins. After the miser went to sleep, the thief stole all the gold. The next day, the miser saw that all his gold was missing and started wailing. His neighbours came running and asked him what had happened. The neighbours asked him why he didn’t keep the gold in the house since it would be easy to access inside. The mise revealed he never planned on spending the gold. The neighbours told him he might as well save his stones, as the unused gold was just as useless.

Moral Story : A possession is important only if you use it.

The Needle Tree

There were two brothers; the older one was always mean to the younger one. The older one would chop firewood in the forest and sell it in the market. One day, he stumbled across a magical tree. The tree begged him not to cut him down and promised him golden apples in exchange. The older brother felt disappointed with the number of apples he received. He decided to cut down the tree anyway, but the tree showered him with hundreds of needles. The boy was left lying on the forest ground in pain. His younger brother finally found him and carefully took out every needle. The older brother finally apologised for treating his brother badly. The magical tree saw this exchange. It decided to give them more golden apples.

Moral Story : Kindness will always be rewarded.

The Bundle of Sticks

An old man had three sons. They were hard workers but always fought. He could never unite them. He then fell ill and asked his sons to unite. They paid him no heed. He decided to teach them a lesson to set aside their differences. He gave them a bundle of sticks and told them to break it into two. Whoever finishes first would win. They quickly did this and started fighting again. He then gave them another bundle of sticks and told them to break it as a bundle and not separately. Despite their best efforts, they could not do it. He told them it was easy to break the sticks individually. But if you stay united, no one can hurt you. They finally understood the value of unity.

Moral Story : There’s strength in unity.

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