This is a story about a very talented magician who, when the story begins, knows how good he is and is quite self-serving. He meets a poor old man who begs him to use his magic to help him provide shelter from the cold but Marc refuses, saying that he won’t help anyone who cannot help him in return.
Manigan is a gentle giant and steward of the Earth who uses his bounty to aid those in need. He helps a couple of people who unfortunately take advantage of his kindness and eat up his stores of food. When the giant becomes weak, the couple realize that they have to give back to the one who has given them so much and they nurture Manigan back to health. This tale, which evokes First Nations wisdom, is a parable that reminds us of the need to treat our world with respect, and not just as something to be viewed as a resource for human consumption.
Story: Jacqueline Kelly Illustrations: Jana Tublinshlak Appropriate for ages: 7-12
Prince Albert has been brought up in the lap of luxury. The more material goods he has the less satisfied he feels. Because of his greedy nature he becomes known as Prince Veut-Tout. One day, while speeding on his motorbike, he almost runs over an old man. This event triggers a sense of remorse in him and causes him to re-evaluate his life. One night, looking up at the stars, Prince Albert decides to become a space explorer. He heads off into the heavens in his spaceship. Years later, he returns to his home with his new-found alien friends.
Story: Jacqueline Kelly Illustrations: Jana Tubinshlak Appropriate for ages: 7-12