Common lessons from childhood fables touch on issues such as the importance of loyal friends, appearances can be deceptive, a person's character can be influenced by the friends they keep and being content with what one has. Though it is cliché, many fables also teach the value of perseverance.
The story of the crow and the pitcher is a common narrative with a moral lesson: where there is a will, there is a way. The crow's persistence pays off when it is finally able to quench its thirst. Fables such as "The Sun and the Wind" teach that kindness is better than brute force.
Fables with characters such as the hare often have cliché moral lessons, such as look before you leap, slow and steady wins the race and evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.