The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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Fables , Classics
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Read to Me , Read & Play , Read It Myself
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“Wolf! Wolf!” Is there really a wolf, or is the shepherd boy just playing a trick? In this cautionary tale, a boy cries “wolf” one too many times, so when a wolf really does come after the sheep he’s watching, nobody believes him! This interactive version of the classic tale lets readers interact with the characters to understand why crying “wolf” is wrong. Readers will also have the chance to help the boy reunite with his sheep!

Learning Concepts

Focus and Self-Control , Honesty , Cause and Effect

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Every day a shepherd boy sat on a hill watching the village sheep. His job was to make sure nothing bad happened to the sheep.

One afternoon the boy decided to play a trick on the villagers. “Wolf! Wolf!” he cried. “There’s a wolf chasing the sheep!”

The villagers raced up the hill to chase the wolf away, but there was no wolf in sight. “Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there is no wolf!” they warned the boy.

The boy was surprised his trick worked so well. “I can’t believe he played a trick like that!” the villagers grumbled as they stormed down the hill.

The next day the boy tried his trick again. “Wolf! Wolf!” he called out. “There’s a wolf chasing the sheep!”

The villagers came running and again found no wolf. “Don’t do this again!” they scolded. “Only cry ‘wolf’ when there actually is a wolf!”

A few hours later, the boy noticed something out of the corner of his eye. A wolf was sneaking up behind the sheep! “Wolf! Wolf!” he cried in a panic.

No one came. “Wolf! Wolf!” he cried again. “Please help! There’s a wolf chasing the sheep!” Still no one came.

At sunset, the boy did not return the sheep to the village as he normally did. The villagers went up the hill to check on the sheep. They found the boy but no sheep.

“A wolf was here! It chased the sheep away! Why didn’t you come to help me?” he cried. “You tricked us twice when there was no wolf. We thought you were tricking us again!” said the villagers.

“I shouldn’t have cried ‘wolf’ when there was no wolf,” said the boy. “I’m sorry for my tricks.”

An old man comforted the boy. “If you tell too many lies, no one believes you when you tell the truth,” he said. “Now let’s go find those sheep.”

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  • Adapted by: Amy Kraft
  • Illustrated by: Violeta Dabija
  • Edited by: The Linguistic Edge
  • Music and audio by: Bang


  • Narrator: Paul Guyet
  • Boy, Villager, Sheep, Wolf: Allen Enlow
  • Old Man: David Zema