The Boy Who Cried Wolf!
. Advance Publishing . Houston, TX ,
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PZ8.S4187 Boy 2014 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The back cover advertises this and the other books of this series as award-winning motivational character-building picture books. The overall series, Sommer-Time Story Series, has won over forty national awards. The front cover promises fun but mentions also responsibility, trustworthiness, and humility. This version of the story has young Nicholas, after getting bored, trying throwing stones and then using a slingshot. Nicholas hides behind a rock after he yells Wolf! He laughed as he watched the townspeople slip, slide, and fall as they raced up the hill. Even in the first joke, a townswoman warns Nicholas If you're playing tricks on us, we will not come to help you! His dad adds his admonition not to lie. The key element that makes the townsfolk suspicious is that the sheep are quiet, not disturbed as they would be after encountering a wolf. They also do not find any wolf tracks. After some days of boredom, he suddenly jumps again on a rock and without thinking yells as loud as he can Wolf! Wolf! A few run up the hill to help, but some do not. When they find Nicholas laughing, they are furious. This time Nicholas, when confronted, admits that he had decided to have a little fun. The book's best picture is that of the townsfolk below dismissing Nicholas' desperate third set of pleas for help (29). Nicholas apologizes to the townsfolk, and some of them say how proud they are that he can say he is sorry. This book does an unusually good job with the psychology of the story. It tracks the likely feelings very well. This particular series, Sommer-Time Story Classics, contains some twelve fable books. This library edition has a cloth reinforced binding and is very sturdy. There are also video and read-along versions of these books with sound effects, and there are free online helps too.