The Aesop Fable “Androcles” is about the value of friendship and kindness. It’s also a critique of the cruel way many people treat one another. It’s less known today, but it’s been a very important story for nearly two thousand years, inspiring many works of art by musicians, sculptors, painters, dancers, and playwrights all over the world. Children can add to this tradition by learning the original tale and the creativity it has inspired.
The audio and text for the story of Androcles can be found on the Folk Tales Page: childrensliteraturepodcast.com/folk-tales/
Activity: Make A Work of Art based on “Androcles”
Ask students to produce a new work of art based on Androcles. This could include:
- An illustration of a scene from the story
- A sculpture of one of the characters
- A script for a skit based on the story
- A short story inspired by the original fable
- A dance that interprets all or part of the story
New works of art do not need to exactly reproduce the tale as it was originally written. Young artists can focus tightly on a single characters, theme, or plot point, or use the fable as inspiration for a completely new work of art.