A young shepherd boy has found a way to amuse himself. Again and again he yells to the villagers that there is a wolf – even though there is not. One day the shepherd boy actually meets a real wolf – it comes nearer and nearer, and the boy is full of fear. He calls for help, but something is different this time...
'The Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf' is a famous fable by Aesop.
Aesop's fables feature animals, legendary creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. All the stories story lead to a particular moral lesson.
Aesop (620–564 BCE) was a storyteller that was believed to have lived in Ancient Greece. He is celebrated for a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. In the few scattered sources about his life, Aesop was described as a slave who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states.
Although Aesop's existence remains unclear, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day.