The Boy Who Cried Wolf Narrated by the Sheepish but Truthful Wolf
. Capstone: Picture Window Books . North Mankato, MN
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What a creative concept! The original fable is again told in one page. Then the wolf, "Whisper," appears to tell what really happened. Whisper's mother died shortly after his birth. Kind sheep took him in and even fashioned sheep costumes so that he would fit in. When he wanted to howl, they told him "Whisper" so regularly that that became his name. When Whisper grew up, he was meant as a wolf to roam, and so he did, departing from the sheep trailing a contemporary roller-bag. After roaming, he became homesick and returned to his flock, unfortunately so eager that he forgot to put on a costume. The new young shepherd did what he was taught to do: he cried "Wolf!" Whisper hid as the townsfolk arrived to find calm sheep. The townsfolk, especially Walter, the flock's owner, thought it was a trick. When the shepherd wheezed, they thought he was giggling. At Whisper's next visit, the costume popped off, the shepherd wheezed again, and the townsfolk again grumbled. The angry villagers then dressed sheep Baaarbara as a wolf to scare the shepherd boy and teach him a lesson. The boy cried "Wolf!" No one came. He picked up a club to beat Baaarbara the wolf, Walter ran to save his sheep, and Whisper ran to save Baaarbara. At that climactic moment -- when we expect a giant crash -- the shepherd boy quit and walked away – back to pet grooming school. Walter created the Wooly Walt's Traveling Sheep and Wolf Show. Moral: "Whether you're a wolf in sheep's clothing, a sheep in wolf's clothing, or anything in between, remember: There's always more to the story than meets the eye!" The two-page segments of this 24-page booklet are well illustrated. A good sample is the final page of the old truck carrying the Sheep and Wolf Show. Whisper gets all the best positions and expressions!