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Book Review/Giveaway: The Greedy King. Ends Oct 18th

The Greedy King

Aristoddlers Presents: The Greedy King, a Tale of Ancient Greece by Mitchell Biesemeyer, illustrated by Santiago Germano

About the Book: Does money make you happy? The Greedy King is certain it does. The Greedy King has so much treasure, he thinks he must be the happiest man who ever lived. When a wise man tells the Greedy King he is only lucky, events are set in motion that will change the world. Aristoddlers adapts true stories from Greek and Roman history into illustrated stories for children, sharing these ancient lessons with the next generation. This is the story of greedy King Croesus and wise Solon, and what it really means to be happy.

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My Review: This story reminds me about Snow White and the Evil Queen. Just like the Evil Queen, the Greedy Kings wanted everyone to know how rich and happy he was. So he invited the wisest man in Greece to see his great life. “Have you ever met a happier man?” asked the greedy king. The wise man said, “I once met a farmer who worked hard every day. And he went on to tell the greedy king how the farmer gave food and money to those who needed it, and he lived a happy life. The Kind was confused and upset. The wise man gave more examples of what others have done and how they were the happiest that ever lived, because their lives were spent to save or help others. And he told the king that he is only lucky. The king was angry and demanded to know why he wasn’t the happiest man who ever lived. Wouldn’t like to know what happened to the Greedy King? Well, you just have to buy a copy to find out.

A lot of us can learn from this book that true happiness comes from doing what is good. Being greedy can make us happy for now, but true happiness comes from helping others.

The Greedy King is based on a story by an ancient Greek historian from the 5th century named Herodotus. His story was based as an account of the wars between Persia and Greece. He wrote his story as a warning to Greeks about the dangers of tyranny. The author retold the story of King Croesus and the wise man Solon. You can read more about this at the last page of the book. Santiago Germano did a wonderful job illustrating this story which help tells the story. I highly recommend this book.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from talltails publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

About Talltails Publishing: Founded in 2008, Tall Tails Publishing House is a small press dedicated to providing entertaining and beautifully illustrated children’s books that inspire young people to explore the world around them. We are located in Oklahoma, and are always ready to support local authors and illustrators.

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Giveaway Ends October 18th, 2014

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

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Winner is #8 – Mandy Kauffman

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  1. Would it be that easy to change the world? Would you really be greedy from wanting lots of money?

    Comment by Martha C. | October 1, 2014 | Reply

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book for children to either read or have read to them. There is everything right about using the “old” stories and adapting them to our times.

    Comment by Michele | October 1, 2014 | Reply

  3. This sounds like the perfect book to add to my daughter’s library.

    Comment by Kristy | October 1, 2014 | Reply

  4. This is a great book for kids indeed. I love books that teach child what I call morels. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Rebecca Swenor | October 2, 2014 | Reply

  5. What a great way to teach a child ( young child ) the meaning of greed! I find it hard to sometimes convert these complex messages and these characters sound easy to follow each carrying their own bold message, Thumbs up!

    Comment by jena | October 5, 2014 | Reply

  6. This sounds like a great book that my child would like

    Comment by Allie | October 6, 2014 | Reply

  7. I really appreciate reading stories to my children that teaches them important lessons. Sounds like a great one!🙂

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    Comment by Kristie | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  8. My husband loves Greek mythology. This book would be a great way for him to start introducing the Greek myth stories to our kids. Thanks for the giveaway!🙂

    Comment by Mandy Kauffman | October 16, 2014 | Reply

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