The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf Part III
The boy tried to tell the villagers about the wolf, but this time they didn't believe him.
The boy tried to tell the villagers about the wolf, but this time they didn't believe him.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below you'll find the ending to the children's story "The Boy Who Cried Wolf":

The shepherd boy ran into the village. "Wolf! Wolf!" he cried. "He's stealing our sheep!" The boy kept running and calling for help, but no one believed he was telling the truth. He called out again, "Wolf! Wolf!"

"I bet!" said one villager. "I can't believe that boy is trying to make fools out of us again."

"Well, he's not going to make a fool out of me," said another villager. "I don't believe him."

Finally the shepherd boy stopped running. "I'm telling the truth this time," he said. "There really is a wolf in the valley, and he really is stealing the sheep. You've got to believe me."

The villagers came and looked at the boy. They shook their fingers at him. "We're smarter than you think," the people said. "This time we're just going to ignore you and your wolf! Humph!"

At that moment, the shepherd boy knew no one would believe him. How could he blame them? When they trusted him, he let them down. He lost their trust by not always telling the truth.

He sadly walked back to his lookout and gazed down where he always took his sheep to eat grass. But there weren't any sheep left. The wolf had taken all of them away. The boy was so sad that he began to cry.

The boy remembered what his parents and the villagers had told him. How he wished he had listened to what they said. He wished he had just always told the truth.

The shepherd boy lost all his sheep to the sly wolf.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

He didn't want any harm to come to the sheep! Because he didn't tell the truth, no one believed him when it really mattered. Now it was too late. The shepherd boy didn't think his joke was so funny anymore.

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