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A Gift for the King: A Persian Tale

by Christopher Manson

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This story is about the King Artaxeres who demands that anyone that visits him must bring him a gift. The king had collected so many gifts that he had grown tired of his riches so he went for a walk. Amazed, his servants followed him down the long road, the king walked and walked. Each time he would meet someone they would give him their gifts and every time the king would tell his servants that when they returned to the palace to throw them with all of the other gifts. Eventually, the king grew weary and stopped to rest, his servants did not understand they told him that he was the richest king, he had everything and they asked why, was he not happy? What else did he want? The king said the only thing he wanted was water, however; they had walked so far that they were in the desert. The servants searched and searched but they could not find any but then a young boy saw the king. He told the king that all he had to give was an old water jug; the king took the jug and could feel the cold splash of water. The king drank the cold water and said it was the best gift he had ever received. He then told his servants to give the boy all the gifts he had received during his walk.
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This story is similar to other stories we have all heard; money and power isn’t everything, money doesn’t make you happy. I think this story is very interesting because it shows that stories are similar throughout the world.
Classroom Extension:
I think this story would be good to use when teaching a geography lesson. The children could understand the culture and history of the Persian people from the story and its setting. Or to use as a comparison to fantasy they have heard before. ( )
  ashclark | Sep 20, 2009 |
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King Artaxerxes is not satisfied by any of the gifts he receives until a shepherd boy gives him a plain jar of water.

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King Artaxerxes is not satisfied by any of the gifts he receives until a shepherd boy gives him a plain jar of water.

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