Once upon a time, there was a mother looking for an idea to create a modern fable. How should I go about it she wondered? What are the essential elements to make this fable fun and attractive to my children? She then had the bright idea of taking advice from Whispy, the little dragon of Whisperies.
Fables have been told to children for centuries! The majority of fables consist of animals that speak and act like humans. They must therefore face a problem, where their distinct character will be highlighted. The end of the story often ends with one of the characters who made a bad decision, and who bites his fingers. This makes it possible to highlight a morality, a lesson in life.
But the mom panicked, she couldn’t come to terms with what Whispy was trying to explain to her. The latter therefore decided to take the bull by the horns, and gave him very specific instructions.
First, describe the setting of the story
First, it is important to indicate the season, place and location of the fable (often in a castle, forest or in the countryside).
Then present the characters, the problem, the events
The main characters are often animals, endowed with speech and a clearly identified character. Indeed, in the fables of the fountain we find a strong lion with a disproportionate ego, a stubborn and silly donkey, a cunning fox, a wolf in bad faith, a cowardly sheep …
The animals chosen must therefore stick with the final moral. Putting animals that don’t go together to create a relationship between them, like mouse / snake, cat / dog, dolphin / dragon, rat / cat, for example.
Finally, the fable must have only one problematic, very simple and easily identifiable.
Finally: conclusion & moral
Morality must also teach a lesson in life, such as: Do not do to others what you would not like to be done to you, cheaters never win, do not judge a book by its cover …
The Mom finally feeling reassured, seizes her most beautiful pen to write what would become a few weeks later, the “digital book” the most read on Whisperies, and thus reap the laurels of the glory among her children.
Moral: Always follow Whispy’s advice when trying to be successful in children’s writing!
If in your turn, you wish to amaze and let your imagination run wild, you can also create a modern fable by parodying, for example, the fables of La Fontaine. You just need to:
– Transpose the style by changing the context (in the city center, or in another country).
– Completely change the language used, in familiar language for example
– Rewrite with humor, to impress the reader
– Increase character traits, modify the story or the moral (put a vegetarian wolf in “The Wolf and the Lamb” or a toothless wolf who has lost his dentures)
– Which amounts to modifying the end of the fable or reversing the moral
Example: “The Cicada and the Ant” from Jean de La Fontaine’s fables
” The cicada having sung
Found himself very destitute
When the North wind came.
Not even a small piece
Maggot or worm.
She went begging
With its neighbor the ant,
Begging her to lend him
Some grain to survive
Until the new season.
I will pay you, she told him,
Before August, animal faith,
Principal and Interest.
The ant is not lending ;
That’s the least of his problems.
” What were you doing during hot weather ?
” She said to this borrower.
– Day and night to all comers
I was singing, please.
– You were singing ? I am glad.
– Well ! Dance now. “
And here is the fable “The Cicada and the Fourmi” reviewed by Pierre Perret in Le Petit Perret des fables
The Cicada queen of the charts
Tweeted all summer long
But one day it was a mess
And she had nothing more to peck.
When the horrible winter came
She didn’t even have a sandwich,
To do the sleeve in the air flow
The poor curdled their loaves
The Ant who was his neighbor
Had everything, even caviar.
Unfortunately this stingy
Not even offered him a Carambar.
– I will pay you, said La Cigale,
I have wheat in an account in Switzerland.
The other said to him: Z’aurez skin ball.
While munching on a sausage.
– What were you doing last summer?
– I sang without thinking of the pèze.
– You sang for free, poor fool
– Well guinchez now!
If you want to live on songs
With less lows than highs
Never forget this lesson:
It is better to be an impresario!
With all these tips you are bound to “create your own fable”.
So let’s go !!!
– I create my children’s fable! –
To your feathers, to your brushes, Whisperer friends, play with the ideas.
Juggle with words and illustrations but above all stir your delirious imagination!
Better than La Fontaine’s fables, your own fable! was last modified: February 11th, 2021 by Adeline