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The Young Crab and His Mother

The Young Crab and His Mother is a fable by Aesop that teaches a lesson about the impact and importance of setting a good example. In the story, a mother crab scolds her son for not walking straight. However, the young crab retorts that she should show him how if she can. This illustrates that one should not criticize others for their shortcomings if they themselves are guilty of the same.

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"Why in the world do you walk sideways like that?" said a Mother Crab to her son. "You should always walk straight forward with your toes turned out." "Show me how to walk, mother dear," answered the little Crab obediently, "I want to learn." So the old Crab tried and tried to walk straight forward. But she could walk sideways only, like her son. And when she wanted to turn her toes out she tripped and fell on her nose. Do not tell others how to act unless you can set a good example.
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Aesop

Aesop was an ancient Greek storyteller and fabulist, known for his collection of fables. His fables often featured animals as characters and conveyed moral lessons or wisdom through short narratives. Some of his most famous fables include "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," and "The Fox and the Grapes." These timeless stories continue to be widely read and adapted to this day. more…

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