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Maria Celeste Arraras's beautifully rich tale of how three children must save an empire from its wicked ruler.

When an old woman approaches Karmelo and Moconoco, Moconoco steals her golden walking cane. He wickedly breaks the cane into three pieces as Karmelo helps her up. The old woman curses Moconoco with three of everything--three eyes, three ears, three noses. She rewards Karmelo for his kindness with the broken cane, promising happiness ...

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Maria Celeste Arraras's beautifully rich tale of how three children must save an empire from its wicked ruler.

When an old woman approaches Karmelo and Moconoco, Moconoco steals her golden walking cane. He wickedly breaks the cane into three pieces as Karmelo helps her up. The old woman curses Moconoco with three of everything--three eyes, three ears, three noses. She rewards Karmelo for his kindness with the broken cane, promising happiness when the three pieces are united.

Moconoco grows up to be an evil emperor and Karmelo grows up to be a poor slave. He gives the pieces to his three children and with the help of the cane, they must save their land from the cruel emperor!

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Children's Literature - Carly Reagan
Two young boys, a spoiled prince name Moconoco and his peasant friend Karmelo, meet an old woman with a golden cane. Moconoco steals the cane, which breaks and bestows upon him a curse, and Karmelo is given the three broken pieces. The boys become men. Moconoco is a lonely, evil emperor, while Karmelo remains poor but has a family who loves him. When Karmelo's three children receive the pieces of the broken cane, they—along with the cane—unite in an attempt to free the world of the evil rule of Moconoco. Written in the style of a fable with a heavy moralistic feel, this story emphasizes the power of kindness and family love, with the help of a little magic along the way. The brightly-colored, comic book style illustrations will appeal to readers, providing a modern touch for an old-fashioned type of storytelling. Though this is not a classic tale, educators could include it in a fairy tale, fable, or mythology unit as an example of how these types of stories are still being created today, even encouraging students to write their own similar tales as a creative writing exercise.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780439574198
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

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    Great fable

    Should become a classic.

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