The Shepherd’s Boy And The Wolf

A Shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!” and when his neighbours came to help him, laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: “Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep;” but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.

The moral of the story is: There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.


  • alarmed (adjective): worried
  • agony (noun): intense suffering
  • to pay heed (verb): to notice or pay attention
  • render (verb): to give what is needed
  • at leisure (noun): without difficulty
  • lacerate (verb): to rip or tear; to create deep wounds

The Shepherd’s Boy and the Wolf is one of the famous Aesop’s Fables. A “fable” is a short story, typically with animals as characters, telling a moral or lesson.

Read by Tara Benwell.


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