The Ogre Bully is a Swedish folktale that is told by A.B. Hoffmire about a greedy ogre that appears at a young farmer's fields. The Ogre claims the young farmer's fields and steals his crops, leaving the young farmer nothing to eat or sell. Facing the possibility of a complete financial collapse, the farmer and his wife come up with an ingenious plan to fool the Ogre and regain their fields and crops. In the end, through perseverance, they are able to outwit the Ogre and avoid a disaster.
Interest Level: Ages 4-8
Guided Reading Level: J
Lexile Measure: 660L
The tale of the greedy Ogre Bully provides some valuable life lessons in character values. Instead of giving up and submitting to the Ogre, the farmer and his wife stand up to the bully. He and his wife must dig deep to find the courage and resourcefulness to outwit the greedy Ogre. In life, we are faced with many challenges that may seem very intimidating at first. The folktale teaches the valuable lesson of standing up and facing those challenges head on, to persevere and take responsibility regardless of how intimidating the situation might be.