December 22, 2010
Betsy who Cried Wolf! by Gail Carson Levine
by Gail Carson Levine
illustrated by Scott Nash
Betsy may be only 8, but she’s finished Shepherd’s School and taken the Shepherd’s Oath. She is ready to go. And it’s a good thing too because there’s a wolf in the area and he is hungry and, worst of all, clever.
When Betsy first spots the wolf, she runs through the check list she learned in school.
Hungry eyes. Check.
Sharp teeth. Check.
Long snout. Got it.
Item after item confirms that this is a true wolf sighting. But when Betsy sounds the alarm the wolf high-tails it and is no where in sight when the town’s people arrive. For her part, Betsy gets a stern talking to and they even threaten to send her back to school.
Again and again, it happens with fewer and fewer town’s people responding each time. At last, the only one who is there when Betsy and the sheep need help is the wolf. What will happen?
Sure, this is a retelling but it is a clever and fun. Not only do the towns people need to learn to trust their shepherd, Betsy realizes that some of what her elders have taught her might actually be wrong. After all, whose the one who helps her out in the end?
Scott Nash has complimented this funny text with cartoon-styled illustrations that bring these naughty sheep to life, complete with their own dialog. His wolf is much more fun than scary and suitable for even preschool readers.
All in all, this is a really fun book that is sure to spark some discussions about trust and faith in those around you.
Happy Reading, All!