Tales of Silliness: Retold Timeless Classics
. Perfection Learning . Logan, Iowa
PZ8.1.K956Tale 1999 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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"This 63-page pamphlet offers "The Six Sillies"; "Blockhead Hans"; "Lazy Jack"; and two versions of "The Emperor's New Clothes." The first version is a standard narration of the story, which avoids giving the emperor reasons for wanting the cloth other than "It's just what I need. No one else will have anything like it." This version cleverly gets the second advisor to the emperor to react to the "cloth" by saying "I have no words to describe it." Exuberance over the quality of the cloth leads in this version to the idea of a procession so that more townsfolk can see the cloth. The small boy in this version speaks up after the emperor's speech at the end of the procession. All has gone well until then. The child moved up to the emperor and touched his clothes. As he thought, they were not there. After people listen to the child's revelation, the emperor thinks "I am still the emperor after all. And people must not think that their emperor is a fool." The story is followed by a play of 15 pages that sets the story at the Chinese court."