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This reworked fairy tale provides children with a memorable demonstration as to why honesty is definitely the best policy. Princess Arabella is bored in the castle and decides to change places with a local shepherd boy. But guess what? Watching sheep all day is pretty dull too so to liven things up she pretends she’s being attacked by wild animals, causing the villagers to rush up the mountain to save her. When they finally realise she’s telling lies, she’s left to face a dragon on her own. It’s a great way to initiate discussion about why it’s not good to lie, and about considering others too, wrapped in a nicely delivered and exciting story. ~ Andrea Reece
In The Girl Who Cried Wolf, we meet the demanding Princess Arabella, who declares she is bored of living in the castle. She decides to swap roles with Tom, the lowly shepherd boy, as she thinks his job seems much more fun. A shocked Tom is sent off to the castle, whilst Arabella looks after the sheep.
However, it isn't long before she is bored of this job too, and decides to play a trick on the townsfolk. WOLF, WOLF! she cries, sending the panicked villagers up the hill - only to find there is no wolf. Arabella, still giggling, then cries, TROLL, TROLL! . Again, the townsfolk rush up the hill to her rescue, huffing and puffing - only to find there is no troll. They begin to distrust her, and a frustrated Tom watches from his bedroom window.
When Arabella cries 'wolf' for a third time, the villagers decide to pay the new 'prince' Tom a visit. Tom tells the villagers not to rush to Arabella's aid the next time she calls for help, as she has been lying. Within minutes the cry of DRAGON, DRAGON! comes from Arabella, but this time the townsfolk ignore her. Tom however, happens to see that this time, Arabella really is telling the truth! He bravely rushes up the hill and throws a bucket of water in the dragon's face, scaring it away. A terrified Arabella realises how foolish she had been before, and vows to never tell a lie again. She and Tom swap back to their original jobs, and calm is restored.
The Fairytales Gone Wrong series includes:
|Publication date:||23rd February 2017|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Genres:||Traditional Tales, Personal Social Health Economic|
Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and ...More About Steve Smallman