Are you looking for a short read in French? La Fontaine's Fables could be a good start! This is classic French literature written during the reign of Louis XIV. What gives it distinction is the freshness in narration, the metrical structure and their apparent artlessness. Many of these fables have been read by every French school child, especially because there is a moral at the end of each fable. Countless phrases from the Fables are current idioms today.
Lobster from Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle. v. 3 1849 - Atlas (Zoologie-Botanique) Paris :Chez les editeurs MM. Renard, Martinet et cie, rue et Hotel Mignon, 2 (quartier de l'École-de-Médecine) ; et chez Langlois et Leclercq, rue de la Harpe, 81 ; Victor Masson, Place de l'Ecole-de-Médecin1847-1849