I want to teach my kids the value of stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture. A story or fable would be great, although I'm pretty sure Aesop didn't write one about this subject.
The metaphor about not being able to see the wood for the trees doesn't really cut it.
Can anybody think of a good story that fits the bill? It doesn't have to be packaged as cautionary tale with a moral at the end - any good fairy tale or modern fiction even would do just as well - as long as I can read it in one session.
They're 5 and 8 years old. I expect the 8-year-old to pick up the idea immediately, but I think a good story for the 5-year-old will be key, especially for referring back to (e.g. remember what the prince did which stopped him falling into the witch's trap?)
I guess it's basically about teaching them to find a micro-second to consider a thought before going with the flow or being swept along or charging into something.