The Boy Who Cried Wolf
. Cantata Learning . North Mankato, MN
CL 4 .
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Music by Mark Oblinger. With a CD containing the story and song, just the song, and just the instrumental background. The lyrics and music are also printed at the end of the book. Readers are invited by the disc to sing along. The melody line of the music is -- appropriately -- close to "Mary Had a Little Lamb." There is also nice honky-tonk piano. The villagers get angry upon even the first deception. The visual art may be among the best in this series. The architecture is Russian or at least Eastern European. The trees are swirly and the sheep curly. Those various things tend to make the boy -- and especially his face -- stand out in almost every scene. They also highlight the wolf when he really does appear. Does it help to add the phrase "lots of lies" to the moral? "If you tell lies, lots of lies, then no one will ever know if you can be believed." I think you may lose your credibility on the first fib!