Based on a true story from Spain, this story shows how enemies can become friends is a way any child can understand. Pictures spark interest as a simple story unfolds. Two boys and a command have one boy’s imagination soring and his dreams do not become reality. The other learns that impressions aren’t always correct. Together they learn a lesson that neither expected. Easy to understand, young children will be able to grasp the concepts easily while it presents opportunities to explore dealing with children you don’t like to older children. A brief history lesson on the origins of this story is given at the end which maybe too complex for very young children but very interesting for older children and their parents. This is one story that I can’t wait to share with my grandchildren!
No one ignores the grand vizier. The most important advisor in the royal court, he was considered the wisest man in the kingdom. He was also Samuel’s father. “Make sure Hamza never says a mean word to you again,” he had ordered Samuel.
What should Samuel do? He couldn’t disobey his father. But how would he make sure that Hamza never insulted him again? Perhaps train a monkey to hold Hamza’s lips closed, or give him some lemon juice to make his mouth pucker?
Inspired by a powerful legend of conflict resolution in Muslim Spain, Never Say a Mean Word Again is the compelling story of a boy who is given permission to punish an enemy. What will he do?
Age Range: 4 - 8 years / Grade Level: Preschool - 3