A lighthearted story about the consequences of rash decisions and the importance of problem solving, responsibility, and acceptance for kids ages 4-8.
Told in rhyming couplets, The Barefoot King recounts the story of a young king named Creet who rules a land where people walk around with bare feet. Easily distracted, one day King Creet stubs his toe on a rock and is shocked by the pain. Never wanting to experience that discomfort again, the king decides to cover his whole kingdom in leather, with unfortunate consequences.
This short and silly story helps parents discuss concepts of acceptance, awareness, and responsibility with kids. Seeing the consequences of King Creet’s decision, kids will learn to navigate challenges in their own lives and the opportunities for growth that obstacles provide. A short “reader’s guide” accompanies the story, aiding parents and teachers in discussions of how to handle life’s bumps with conscious breaths and mindful steps.