Actually, I think The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a fable, but we’re grouping it under fairytales for now. Although most of the students know the story, and the meaning of the phrase ‘to cry wolf’, I only own one version of the story.
This retelling by B.G. Hennessy is just the basic story where the shepherd boy repeatedly calls for help when a wolf threatens his flock. Except of course, it’s a lie, a ruse to drum up excitement and eventually it comes back to haunt him when a real wolf comes to call. The kids liked the pictures in this version a lot! The bored shepherd is drawn picking his nose and try to teach his sheep to play blind man’s bluff. There is also an odd bird-thing with a human-like face and a Pinocchio nose. That stumped us. We loved the surprise at the end where the boy is search for his sheep, and we assume that they have been eaten by the wolves, but in reality, they have climbed a tree and are safe and sound.
The funny version I read with the first grade to reinforce the story’s message is The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman.
This little wolf, with a jaunty cap that makes me think of Jughead, is sick of eating the same old thing. He wants something better, something like boy! Little Wolf cries boy to get his parents to come running, hoping to catch the boy for a gourmet meal. As. expected, this backfires when a troop of Boy Scouts actually comes into the woods. One even wanders into the wolves’ cave and makes himself comfortable, but Mama and Papa Wolf are so frustrated with their son that they won’t even look.
There are quite a few versions out that look like they would be worth buying for the school collection.
I have the Gail Carson Levine Betsy books on my list, and I like Alex Latimer’s books. I’m super frustrated because I know that I own The Fish Who Cried Boy but I can’t find it on my shelves.
Just to make you giggle, I found a Garfield and Friends version here.
I also discovered that Pinkfong has some fable videos out. I need to dig deeper into their YouTube channel. We love their phonics videos and dinosaur stories in kindergarten.
And just cause, I find this sort of thing amusing: