The Fisherman And The Little Fish

This is one of the best aesop’s fables online for kids. Once, there was a fisherman who lived in a little house by the ocean. He fished every day to feed his family. One day, he caught nothing except one small fish. “This is not much,” thought the fisherman, “but it is better than nothing.”

The little fish hopped around in the net and cried out to the fisherman, “Please return me to the water,” the fish said, “I am too small to be a good dinner. Someday, I will be big and fat. You could catch me then and feed your family for a week.” You may also like, The Fisherman And His Wife.

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The fisherman listened as the fish spoke. He knew that his family would love a big, fat fish, but he also knew that the ocean was very big. If he threw the fish back, he would never ever find it again. “Little fish,” he said, “I would be a fool to put you back. You will only be a small meal for my family, but at least, they will have some food. I cannot feed them with silly dreams!”

Then he added further, “Sorry! I cannot let forgo my certain gain for an uncertain profit!” After that, the fisherman took the little fish to his house. Also, read The Tale Of Three Fishes.

Appreciate the small things that you have. Don’t give them up to chase impossible things.


Shreya Sharma

Shreya Sharma is the co-founder of who loves to share her passion for Writing and Kids with the world in the form of short stories and poems.

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