After using a 'teach yourself' type text book it is good to practice with some short stories. You can read and understand quite quickly and if, like me, you are a bit of a word fanatic you can see where a lot of words are derived from. It's really good when you can understand the story without having to read the translation after just a few of the fables, and also understand where and how the grammatical bit fits in
Although the translations are at times rather stilted, they do make it easy to follow and decipher the Latin. Pedagogically-speaking, the brevity of each story has been a tremendous help, for me at least, in learning Latin sentence structure. Moreover, these stories are part of our heritage, with wisdom still to impart today, and as such deserve the few minutes it takes to read them.