The Boy Who Cried Wolf
adapted from Aesop’s fable
A Young shepherded boy watched over his sheep every day while they ate grass. He
passed the time by looking at the clouds, to see how many animal shapes he could
One day, he was so bored that he decided to play a trick on the people of the village.
To amuse himself he cried out, "Wolf! Wolf! Help"
The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when
they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. They found the boy laughing at
“I fooled you! I fooled you!” He giggled.
"Don't cry 'wolf', shepherd boy," said the villagers, "when there's no wolf!" They went
back down the hill angrily.
The next day, the boy did the same trick.
"Wolf! Wolf! Help!” he cried.
To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the
When the villagers saw no wolf they said, "You can never fool us again.”
In few hours, the wolf really did come down from the hills.
“Wolf! Wolf! Help!” Cried the shepherded boy but nobody ran for his aid.
“He’s trying to trick us again!” said the people of the village, “But this time, we won’t be
At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with
their sheep. They went up the hill to find him. They found him weeping.
“I cried for help but you didn’t come.” He said.
An old man tried to comfort the boy.
"We'll help you look for the lost sheep," he said, putting his arm around him but always
remember that "Nobody believes a liar...even when he is already telling the truth!"
Introduce the Character!
Character traits include physical and personality traits. Introduce the young
boy in the story, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” by writing down his physical
(outside) and personality (inside) traits!
Vocabulary The words and sentences around
each vocabulary word will help
Write the letter of the best you get its meaning.
definition of the underlined word.
1. A Young shepherded boy watched over his sheep every day.
a. One who herds, guards, and tends sheep
b. A person who laughs at others
c. Somebody who has a special ability to make people believe in false
2. “He tried to trick me again. He said there was wolf but there was no wolf!”
3. I saw him weeping and felt sorry for him.
4. I went to their village and saw great people.
a. A small community.
b. A garage.
c. A coffee shop.
Check Your Understanding
Write the letter of the best answer for each question.
1. What did the shepherded boy do in the beginning of the story?
a. He looked at the clouds and counted how many animal shapes he could
b. He sang a song for the sheep.
c. He slept the whole day.
2. Why did the boy decide to play a trick on the people of the village?
a. He was mad at them.
b. He wanted to have someone to talk to.
c. He was bored.
3. What did the boy yell to trick the villagers?
a. “The wolves are coming, I am scared!”
b. “Wolves are here, help!”
c. “Wolf! Wolf! Help"
4. What did the boy do when the villagers came for his aid?
a. He shared interesting stories to them.
b. He laughed at them.
c. He pretended to cry.
5. What lesson did you learn from the story?
a. Always respect your friends.
b. Don’t tell a lie.
c. Never shout.