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The Boy who Cried Wolf

The Boy who Cried Wolf



"The Boy Who Cried Wolf," by The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
That's me. I'm the boy. This is my story. I was given a big job to do: watching a big herd of sheep. I had to protect them from the big hungry wolf.



If I saw the wolf, the people from the village would come running to catch him.

This is a pretty tough job, so I got a book from the library called "How to Watch Sheep." It said:



YOU MAY BE SCARED
YOU MAY BE WORRIED
THAT YOU WON'T KNOW
JUST WHAT TO DO

IF SOMETHING BIG
AND BAD AND FURRY
COMES TRYING TO STEAL
THOSE SHEEP FROM YOU!

JUST CRY "WOLF!"



I was practicing shouting "wolf!" and the villagers heard me. They came running.
"Somebody cried 'wolf!' Where's the wolf?"
"I heard you cry 'wolf'? Are the sheep okay? What's happening?"
But there was no wolf, so I said, "False alarm! Sorry!" I went back to my job, and the villagers went back to the village.



After a while, I decided to let the sheep know they were safe with me. I told them that if I see a big wolf ...

I'LL JUST CRY "WOLF!"
A BIG BIG WOLF!
JUST CRY "WOLF!"
ALL THE FOLKS WILL COME A-RUNNING.
ALL I HAVE TO DO IS CRY "WOLF!

The villagers heard me talking to the sheep. They came running again.

"Somebody cried 'wolf!' again. Where's the wolf again?"

"I heard you cry 'wolf'? Are the sheep okay again? What's happening?"

But there was no wolf again, so I said, "False alarm! Sorry!" I went back to my job, and again the villagers went back to the village.



This was fun! It's not often a whole village will listen to a kid like me. After a while, I decided to practice one more time. If I see a big wolf . . .

I'LL JUST CRY "WOLF!"
A BIG BIG WOLF!
JUST CRY "WOLF!"
ALL THE FOLKS WILL COME A-RUNNING.
ALL I HAVE TO DO IS CRY "WOLF!"

A big crowd from the little village came running to help me again. But there was no big wolf again.

"Wow, you came even faster this time!" I said. The villagers were not happy. Not one bit.

"I don't believe this. That's the third time I came running for nothing! I think this big job has gone to that little boy's head!"

And they all headed back to the village.



But then the big hungry wolf really did come to steal the sheep!

I cried "WOLF!" No one came.

I shouted "WOLF!" No one came again.

I yelled "WOLF!" No one came some more.

I screamed "WOLF!"

"That's me," said the wolf, and without so much as a huff or a puff, he disappeared with all my sheep - the big ones and the little ones.



Boy, I was in big, big trouble! So, what did I learn from this?

Good question. I think I learned three things.

1. If you need help, people will come and help you, if they know you're telling the truth.

2. Never lie about something as important as needing help.

3. If you see a wolf, keep a good watch on your sheep.!!

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