The Boy Who Cried Wolf
. The Child's World: The Peterson Publishing Company . Mankato, MN
PZ8.2.B46925 Boy 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This sturdy hard-cover book announces the moral of its fable not only on the cover but on its first story page. This version has the boy watching sheep near a dark forest. It was lonely and boring watching sheep all day (8). In this version, the farmers he first summoned stayed to talk with the boy. They wanted to be sure he and his flock were all right. The boy liked this very much (12). This boy is thus not the joker often presented in the story. What is lacking in this version is any indication that the boy laughs at the farmers or owns up to a trick. It is the very experience of useless summoning that turns the farmers against the boy. The hungry wolf had a very good meal (20). Besides the strong and simple colored illustrations on right-hand pages, there are appropriate designs beneath the text on the left-hand pages.