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The Mightiest by Keiko Kasza
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The Mightiest

by Keiko Kasza

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Bear, Elephant, and Lion fight over who gets to wear the crown "for the mightiest". They decide the winner is the person who can scare a little old lady coming by. All three scare her, but who scared her the most? An enormous giant arrives declaring himself the mightiest. But when he sees the old lady, he is the one who is scared (it's his mother). So Elephant, Bear, and Lion declare she is the mightiest. She, however, has no interest in the crown and puts it back on the rock. (Lesson = "The mightiest didn't need a crown after all!") Exit all, leaving the crown there for another set of contestants in the future. A parable arguing against brute force as the sure winner in life.
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When three friends find a golden crown on a rock in the forest, they argue over who should wear it. Written on the rock is the message: "For the mightiest." But who is the mightiest? When a tiny old woman comes along, Bear, Elephant and Lion agree to take turns to see who can scare her the best. But their contest goes awry when a GIANT appears to claim the crown for his own. Is he the mightiest? Not if the tiny old woman has anything to say about it: she's his mom. And she's not too happy about her son being such a bully!

Keiko's latest charmer plays with size and power, in her inimitable style, with adorable animals, perfect pacing and hilarious understatement. As any kid knows, there's no one mightier than Mom.

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The Lion, the Bear, and the Elephant compete to see who can do the best job scaring a tiny old woman, but she has a surprise for them.

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