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Stories for Children: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Team StoryWeavers|November 07, 2022, 16:15 IST|

Hello young learners!

Do you like moral stories? They are surely an effective way to learn good habits, virtues and other morals. Would it not be interesting for you to read such tales and understand their message?

Let us explore one such story that teaches you the importance of honesty. It is a famous tale from Aesop’s Fables, a set of moral stories from many centuries ago.

Story in brief: The Boy Who Cried Wolf! 

Once upon a time, there was a shepherd boy who used to take his master’s sheep to graze in the fields every day. But he was bored doing the same thing every day. All he could do was play with his dog or play on his flute. 

One day, he thought of a way to amuse himself. He remembered that his master had once informed him that there were wolves nearby the fields who would attack the sheep. If that happens, he could save himself and the sheep by crying out for help, and the villagers nearby would come to his aid. 

So the boy shouted, “Wolf Wolf”, and the villagers rushed to the spot to help the young boy but only to find NO wolves there. He laughed at the villagers as he thought he had fooled them. But they were angry at the shepherd boy’s false alarm and warned him. He was unmindful of their anger as he raised the same false alarm a few days later. This really angered the villagers, and one of them said, “We won’t come to your aid if you continue to lie like this.” 

Unfortunately, a few days later, a wolf entered the pastures and began attacking his flock of sheep. The shepherd boy wanted to save the sheep from the ferocious wolf. He cried out, “Wolf Wolf” several times, but no one came to his rescue. The wolf took one sheep away and hurt a few. 

The shepherd boy understood the value of honesty and realised that liars are not trusted, even if they speak the truth later.

Moral of the story

The moral of the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf is: Nobody believes a liar, even after they tell the truth

Thinking questions:

  1. When was the last time you lied to anyone? Did you learn that it is wrong to lie and rectify your behaviour?

  2. Do you think it is correct to lie and not get caught?

Tips for being honest-

  • Be honest with yourself and with others, no matter how hard it is.

  • Encourage your friends and family to always be honest.
  • If you feel tempted to lie, remember that dishonesty lands you in trouble. 
  • If you catch someone lying, ask them to be honest with you and educate them on the dangers of lying.

Did you like the story? Which other moral stories would you like to explore? Share your answers in the comments section below.


About the Author

Aparna is a mom, singer and dreamer. At BYJU'S, she writes stories about learning for children. She believes in the power of music, especially ghazal, the magic of the universe and happy learners. When not writing or singing, you will find her intensely engaged in conversations about life and the power of words.

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