Once upon a time there was a ten-year-old shepherd boy. Everyday he took the sheep to the field to eat grass. Every day, he sat under the same tree on top of a hill and watched the flock of sheep. Eventually he began to feel bored. One day, to amuse himself he called out, "Wolf! Wolf! Help! A wolf is chasing the sheep!"
Hearing his cry for help, the villagers came running up the hill to chase the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they did not find a wolf. They only found the boy, who laughed at them. " Don't cry wolf when there is no wolf! " scolded one of the villagers as they all went scrambling back down the hill.
The next day, the boy again called out, "Wolf! Wolf! Help me!. The wolf is chasing the sheep!" Again the villagers ran up the hill to help him drive the wolf away. When the villagers saw no wolf, they said "Little boy, you must only call for help when there is really something wrong! Don't cry wolf when there is no wolf!"
The boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more. A few days later, the boy saw a real wolf sniffing about his sheep. He was very frightened and he called out loudly," Wolf! Wolf! Please help me! " But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again and so no one went to help him.
Later that night the people in the village wondered why the shepherd boy had not returned to the village with the sheep. They went to look for him and found him weeping and alone. "There really was a wolf! He ate some sheep and the others have run away! I called for help! Why didn't you come?" he sobbed. One of the old villages tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village. " We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning," he said, putting his arm around the boy." But now you must learn that if you always tell a lie, nobody will believe you…even when you tell the truth!"