For Kids

The Emperor's New Clothes, by Hans Christian Andersen (New York: North-South Books, 2002).The all-time classic about the emperor who always wanted to put on airs to convince his subjects of his greatness.Ages 4 to 8.

Kissing Coyotes, by Marcia K.Vaughan and Kenneth Spengler (Illustrator) (Flagstaff,Ariz.: Rising Moon, 2002). Jack Rabbit boasts idly without much consideration for how he might actually accomplish the feats that he brags about. One day he goes a little too far in his claims, and his desert friends have had enough. Ages 4 to 8.

The Tower:A Story of Humility, by Richard Evans (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001). Determining that greatness means having everyone look up to him literally, a proud young man in long-ago China builds a tower and isolates himself from his fellow villagers. Loneliness is a small price to pay, and anyway, "Why would he want to associate with those so much lower than himself?"A wonderful lesson in humanity. Ages 4 to 8.

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (A & E, 1995).The filmed version of Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the nineteenth-century classes and the pride that would keep lovers apart. Look carefully at the "supposed arrogance" of a few of the characters, particularly the uncle.What becomes apparent at the end is that some people put on airs to cover up insecurities or traumatic earlier experiences. A good lesson for us all. Ages 10 up.

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