The Wizard and King Whifflegroan

The Wizard and King Whifflegroan

by Sheila Bailey
     
 

King Whifflegroan, the smelly sovereign who refuses to take a bath, is fed up with the swarms of flies buzzing about him day and night. He orders his royal wizard to rid the kingdom of the beastly pests. "From the swampiest cow pasture to the nastiest garbage heap, I want no more bugs!" The wizard warns of the dangers that come from meddling with nature, but the king… See more details below

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Overview

King Whifflegroan, the smelly sovereign who refuses to take a bath, is fed up with the swarms of flies buzzing about him day and night. He orders his royal wizard to rid the kingdom of the beastly pests. "From the swampiest cow pasture to the nastiest garbage heap, I want no more bugs!" The wizard warns of the dangers that come from meddling with nature, but the king is stubborn. The wizard reluctantly obey's the king's orders.

He casts a powerful spell that sends the bugs, large and small, zooming over the horizon. The king, quite pleased, thinks himself a genius. But, soon everyone in the kingdom travels the road leading out of town.

After everyone has gone, the king is sad and very lonely. He pleads with the wizard to bring back his loyal subjects. The wizard agrees, but first King Whifflegroan must fulfill a promise.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Have you ever thought life would be better if there weren't any pesky bugs around? Why are they here anyway? Insects are actually an essential part of our world, and this delightful story shows us why. King Whifflegroan can't stand all of the bugs that bother him in his kingdom, so he summons the Wizard to get rid of them. As he soon discovers, life isn't as good he thought it would be. In fact, it is pretty terrible. The amusing, vibrant illustrations help bring out the humor of this story. The book is so much fun, you almost forget that there is actually a nature lesson being taught here.
Janis Ansell
"...Parents of reluctant bathers will enjoy reading this humorous title that also teaches a lesson about the importance of all creatures. Teachers and librarians seeking a nondidactic presentation of an important ecological theme may want to get a whiff of this one ForeWord Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886440012
Publisher:
Portunus Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.79(w) x 9.78(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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