The Shepherd and the Wolf

The Shepherd and the Wolf

Once upon a time, there was a young shepherd boy tending a farmer’s sheep on a hill near a village. Around the hill were fields and woods, and the sheep grazed peacefully in the sunshine.

The boy often found it boring to watch the sheep eat and doze all day. So he thought of a prank to bring a little excitement into his day.

One day he got up, ran down to the village and shouted as loud as he could: “Wolf! Wolf! A wolf is attacking the sheep!” 

The villagers heard his cries and rushed up the hill armed with sticks and stones to save the sheep.

When they arrived, they saw that there was no wolf there at all. The boy laughed and said, “It was just a joke! Look how quickly you all came!”

The villagers were not amused. They scolded the boy and went back to the village.

A few days later, the boy repeated his prank. He ran into the village again and shouted: “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is back!” Again the villagers came to help, and again they found no wolf.

The boy laughed even louder than last time and the villagers were even angrier. They warned him that lying could have dire consequences.

Then, one day, a big, hungry wolf crept up to the sheep and the boy saw him. Terrified, he ran into the village and shouted: “Wolf! Wolf! Please help! This time it really is a wolf!”

But this time the villagers didn’t take him seriously. They thought it was just another one of his jokes and they ignored him. The wolf seized the opportunity, attacked the sheep and caused great mischief.

When the boy saw what had happened, he felt very sad and alone. He realized that his lies had serious consequences.

What is the moral of The Shepherd and the Wolf?
This story teaches us that we should always be honest. If you lie, people will lose trust in you. Then, when you are really in trouble, perhaps no one will believe you. Honesty is very important in life.
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From your point of view, what is the moral of this fable? Let us know in the comments!

Note: This story is based on Aesop’s fable, written around 600 BC. It was modernized and illustrated by us.

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