By Michel Streich

A delightful fable addressing the futility of warfare, excellent for early discussions of bullying and human rights

The little king was once regularly grumpy. "I am bored stiff with being the little king of a tiny nation!" he shouted. "I are looking to rule over a major kingdom and be famous!" So the little king made up our minds to begin a battle. but if the warriors go searching the battlefield for his or her war-happy king and locate him nowhere in sight, the king's war doesn't determine quite the approach he deliberate. Michel Streich's witty textual content and a laugh illustrations make this an ideal photograph e-book for fogeys and youngsters to proportion. This attractive and thought-provoking tale approximately clash exposes the foolishness of warfare with a gentle touch.

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Your Majesty,’ stated one among them, ‘the top method to make your country greater is to struggle a conflict. ’ the opposite adviser agreed. ‘Fight a warfare, and you'll turn into world-famous! ’ So the little king made up our minds to begin a conflict instantly. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd eleven 25/05/11 1:12 PM He referred to as for his normal. the final enjoyed battle, and jointly they all started making plans. First, they wanted an enemy. They picked the lanky king – he was once the little king’s cousin and governed over a rustic round the corner. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 12 25/05/11 1:12 PM They obtained ships, planes and tanks, and plenty of weapons and explosives. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd thirteen 25/05/11 1:12 PM Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 14 25/05/11 1:12 PM They gave uniforms and rifles to all of the males within the nation. the lads was once bakers and academics and farmers and developers. yet everybody was once a soldier now. the final drilled the warriors to obey orders. The little king spurred them on. ‘If you struggle bravely,’ he advised them, ‘I offers you a medal! ’ Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 15 25/05/11 1:12 PM Parades have been held. everybody used to be so proud and excited. The crowds cheered. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd sixteen 25/05/11 1:12 PM The little king gave speeches. He informed his humans, ‘Our enemy the lanky king is a monster. We needs to struggle him and his squaddies to the sour finish! ’ Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 17 25/05/11 1:12 PM Finally, the little king again to his palace. He was once satisfied. quickly he may have his warfare and turn into a massive king. He will be recognized, strong and wealthy. He gave the order to assault. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 18 25/05/11 1:31 PM Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 19 25/05/11 1:12 PM The armies confronted one another at the battlefield. ‘For our king! For our king! ’ the warriors shouted. ‘Let us stick with our king into battle! ’ yet then they spotted that the little king used to be nowhere to be noticeable! 20. indd 20 26/05/11 12:53 PM Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 21 25/05/11 1:12 PM They searched all over the place, yet they can no longer locate the little king. His enemy the lanky king used to be now not at the battlefield both, so the lanky king’s squaddies joined within the seek. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 22 25/05/11 1:12 PM ‘Where is our little king? ’ the warriors grumbled. ‘He desires to be wealthy and recognized, yet we do his struggling with! ’ ultimately, a soldier spied him. The little king used to be at domestic in his palace, sipping a cup of tea! Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 23 25/05/11 1:12 PM That used to be it! the warriors have been offended. They dragged the little king to the battlefield. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 24 25/05/11 1:12 PM And they fetched his enemy the lanky king besides. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 25 25/05/11 1:12 PM They gave every one king a rifle and informed them either to struggle, similar to every body else. however the kings have been scared they might get harm. They have been shaking with worry. Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 26 25/05/11 1:12 PM Grumpy Little King_Text SI. indd 27 25/05/11 1:12 PM When the warriors observed that the kings have been cowards, they packed up and went domestic.

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