Dust from the Book Fairy

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Posted on: 19 August 2008

I read The Boy Who Cried Wolf by B.G. Hennessy to one of my classes today, since they’re studying fairy tales and fables in reading this week.  Before reading we talked about how a fable is a story that’s meant to teach a lesson, and I asked them to be thinking about what lesson this story was teaching while they listened.

Afterwards, I had the kids share their answers with a partner before talking as a whole group.  (Good way to get all to participate, and to eavesdrop and see how many in the class get it).  Then, anybody who wanted to could share their answer with the whole class.  My favorites:

“Don’t lie, ’cause nobody will believe you.”

“Don’t scam people, it makes them mad.”

“No pranking.”

Side note–I love this version of the story!  It has captivating illustrations (down to the lazy shepherd boy lying on the grass picking his nose!)  and fun text to read aloud.  Check it out on amazon.

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3 Responses to "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"

I bet your students really enjoyed that book. The cover alone is captivating! BTW you’re invited to take part in my Back to School by the Numbers Meme, check out my site for details: wheresthesun.org

Dear Book Fairy,
Glad you and your students enjoyed THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF. It is one of my favorite read-a-louds. I love the artwork, too.
Say hello to your class for me!
Like your name, too. There is a “Library Fairy” in my book CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN, HAPPY EVER AFTER. Do you know it?

B. G. Hennessy

I’m not familiar with that one, but I’m thrilled you found my post. Definitely going to have to share that with my class next time I see them–although they might think I’m messing with them!

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