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10 Top Panchatantra Stories for Kids

10 Top Panchatantra Stories for Kids

A long time ago, the Panchatantra stories for kids were written by a great scholar named Vishnu Sharma for children. It was crafted as a guide to life for four princes. Share some of the best short stories in English with your kid to teach them contemporary moral lessons. Your kids can learn a lot from these easy English Panchatantra stories:

1. The Foolish Pandit

Someshwar, the pandit, was a true follower of Maa Durga. His guru had advised him to visit Goddess Durga, and so he did. He went into the forest and spent several years praying and meditating there. Irrespective of the climate change, he continued with his devotions undeterred by anything else that came across his way. One day, after years of practicing austerity, Goddess Durga appeared before him. Being pleased by his dedication towards her worship, she granted him one wish. He said that if at all it has to be something from her then Sanjeevni Booti would do for him since few drops of this medicine can make a dead person alive again. He considered that this is such a good opportunity to help people in the village, also what better way could there be than becoming sarpanch? But fear filled his mind whether it is genuine Booti or not thus choosing a dead lion as an experiment for testing its authenticity because when brought back to life; the lion would come back with more power than before, which happened exactly like this only. When roared loudly, the lion made him understand his mistake. It didn’t take long before Someshwar realized that he couldn’t outrun it either and eventually got eaten up by the lion.

Moral: Think twice about what you do since everything has consequences attached to them.

2. The Rats Who Ate the Iron Balance

A boy named Dilip wanted to go abroad for work. To fund his journey, he mortgaged his heavy iron scale with a shopkeeper, Mahajan. After coming back, when he went to take it back from him, Mahajan said that the rats had eaten the scale. Dilip understood that Mahajan did not want to give him the scale back, but all he said was “It’s not your fault because mice ate it.” He then asked Mahajan to send his son with him for bathing in the river. He locked Mahajan’s son into a cave and told Mahajan that an eagle had taken away his son. Furious, Mahajan replied that an eagle cannot pick up such a big person. So, as rats can eat heavy iron scales, said Dilip. Realizing his mistake, Mahajan returned the iron scale, and Dilip freed his son.

Moral: You can’t do bad things without being caught.

3. Two Cats and the Monkey

On a certain day, an individual filled up one bowl of milk for their two cats and left for work. The cats fought over the bowl as soon as their owner left. There was a monkey sitting nearby who said that he could help them if they opened the window. So they let him in. He then asked them to bring another bowl, which they did. He took this bowl and poured 3/4ths of the milk from the first bowl into it, claiming that he divided it equally; but they said one had more than the other one. Then he drank from that until it had more than the other one too – and because their complaint still stood valid when he did so again, this time drinking from what used to be called ‘other’ while renaming his previous action accordingly (since now both were the same). He continued doing such a thing till all the milk went away, leaving none left with either cat.

Moral: If you fight among yourselves, someone else might empty your glasses.

4. The Three Fishes

One day, two fishermen discovered a lake teeming with fish. They therefore decided to return the following day and fish there. Three fish – Ani, Moti, and Yardi – overheard their plans. Ani suggested that she should leave the lake and swim towards the river in order not to be netted by them. Moti said that many things could happen between now and tomorrow, so they shouldn’t be sure about anything. Yardi replied that if they would come, they would come; if they wanted them trapped, then let’s get trapped! Therefore, Ani left alone, but on the next day, all other fishes including Moti and Yardi were caught in the fishermen’s nets.

Moral: Luck is for those who work for it.

5. The Crane and The Crab

A crane was dwelling in a large tree in the forest. A snake lived at the tree’s root and always ate the children of the crane. While she was crying, a crab saw her and told her he would assist in killing the snake. He made a plan to kill the snake and his rival, the crane too. He advised her to leave a meat trail from the snake’s home to a mongoose’s den. The crane put this into practice. The mongoose saw and ate the snake but also ate it along with the crane.

Moral: Think before you act.

6. The Lion and the Jackal

There used to be a lion of immense power in the Himalayas. Once, he found a very weak jackal who wanted to be his servant. The jackal declared that it would serve him and eat the rest of his kills. Very soon, the jackal grew healthy and considered itself as strong as the lion. He said to the lion that he would kill an elephant and bring its leftover meat for the lion. The lion tried persuading him against doing so, but his advice fell on deaf ears. Standing on top of the mountain, he tried jumping over elephants, but he could not reach their heads; it fell at their feet instead. However, since they didn’t see it there because it was too small compared to their size, one elephant stepped over his head which then broke it immediately resulting in death.

Moral: Stupid actions are prompted by arrogance.

7. The Elephant and The Sparrow

A sparrow and her husband lived on a tree with their eggs. One day, when they were looking for food, a rampaging elephant shook their tree, causing their nest to fall and splitting their eggs. They decided to get revenge on the elephant. They took the help of a woodpecker and a frog. The woodpecker pecked out the eyes of the elephant, and the frog and his friends went to a swamp and started croaking there. The elephant thought that there was a pond nearby, so he ran in that direction, but actually, it was just another swamp into which he got stuck and eventually died.

Moral: You can achieve anything if you work together.

Source: Top 15 Best Panchatantra Stories in English for Kids to Know

8. The Donkey and The Horse

A washerman had a horse and a donkey. But the horse was haughty as all the hard work was done by the donkey. One day, when the clothes were too heavy, the donkey asked for help. Several times did the horse refuse to help the donkey. The donkey suffered silently and attempted his best to bear the burden. But it was too hot, and the clothes were too heavy that he died soon later. All clothes then were taken by the washerman who put them on the horse. Now all weight had to be carried by the horse alone. If he had agreed to help the donkey, he would only have had to carry some weight while the donkey could still be alive.

Moral: Do not underestimate others and assist them when possible.

9. The Washerman’s Donkey

There was a laundryman who had a donkey. The donkey grew weak because it was not getting enough food. The laundryman decided to skin a dead lion and put the skin on his donkey. Then he allowed his donkey in the fields. The owners of the fields would not go near the donkey thinking that it was a lion. Every night he let the donkey into the fields to eat. But one day, when another ass brayed, the donkey heard him and began to do so himself. The field owners realized at once that he was not a lion and beat him to death.

Moral: Deception does not pay.

10. Turtle And Swan

There were two swans who were best friends with a turtle that loved listening to himself talk. One summer, it became very hot, and the turtle’s lake began to dry up. The swans knew they had to help their friend, so they agreed to carry him fifty kilometers away to another lake. Knowing that the turtle couldn’t walk that far, they gave him a stick, held one end in each of their beaks, and told him to bite on tightly. They warned him not to say anything the whole way. As they flew over a city, people looked up at them in wonder. “Look at all those people down there!” The turtle said suddenly without thinking, then fell straight down and died instantly.

Moral: Don’t speak unless you know you can back it up.

Conclusion on Panchatantra Stories in English

As you can see, Panchatantra stories in English are one of the easiest ways you can teach your child moral lessons. There are plenty of stories for kids, but we have outlined the 10 best ones for you to share with your children. The Panchatantra stories in English are important for the values they teach us. They help us to live ethical and more meaningful lives. The wisdom they offer helps us to reflect upon ourselves and our own actions and do better.

 

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