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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Boy Who Cried Wolf (The)
by Mahni Tazhibi
Age Range: Under_5
“Wolf, wolf, wolf!” shouts a bored shepherd boy while tending his sheep. He laughs at his neighbours when they come running because there is no wolf, he’s just been playing a trick on them. What will happen when the boy ‘cries wolf’ once too often? No one will believe him when a real wolf is on the prowl after the sheep.
This classic is a familiar Aesop’s Fable, although its origins go back much further and versions of it can be found in all cultures throughout the world. It playfully explores the temptation in all of us to exaggerate and the message is always the same: nobody believes someone who repeatedly says something that is untrue.
Iranian author and illustrator Mahni Tazhibi has produced unusual watercolour illustrations have a crayon-like quality: each page is dominated by a circular hill where the shepherd boy stands with his sheep. As the story unfolds the perspective shifts and changes. A simple tale, elegantly told with unusual illustrations.