Year 2 Language and Literature

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Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

This story is one of Aesop's Fables. Learn more about these fables that teach morals.

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Aesop's Fable: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Night after night, a wolf prowled around a flock of sheep looking for one to eat, but the shepherd and his dog always chased the wolf away. But one day the wolf found the skin of a sheep that had been thrown aside. He pulled the skin carefully over him so that none of his fur showed under the white fleece. Then he strolled among the flock. A lamb, thinking that the wolf was its mother, followed him into the woods - and there the wolf made a meal of the lamb!

So for many days the wolf was able to get a sheep whenever he pleased. But one day the shepherd decided to cook lamb for his own dinner. He chose the biggest, fattest sheep he could find and killed it on the spot. Guess who it was - the wolf!

Two Morals:

(1) Beware of a wolf in sheep's clothing: things are not always what they appear to be.
(2) If you pretend to be what you are not, you might get caught.

The Saying: 'A wolf in sheep's clothing'

People sometimes use the phrase 'A wolf in sheep's clothing' to describe someone who appears to be harmless or friendly but who is really dangerous or untrustworthy. For example: 'I can't believe Ronnie took my idea for his art poster. He said he just wanted to know what I was working on, so I told him, but then he did it himself. What a wolf in sheep's clothing!'

Read another one of Aesop's Fables, titled The Lion and the Mouse.

This activity is adapted from page 36 of What Your Year 2 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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