By Janusz Korczak
Janusz Korczak was once a Polish health professional and educator who wrote over twenty books--his fiction was once in his time in addition referred to as Peter Pan, and his nonfiction works bore passionate messages of kid advocacy. in the course of global battle II, the Jewish orphanage he directed was once relocated to the Warsaw ghetto. even though Korczak's superstar afforded him many probabilities to flee, he refused to desert the kids. He was once killed at Treblinka in addition to the youngsters. King Matt the 1st, one in every of Korczak's so much liked stories, is the tale of a boy who turns into king and units out to reform his state. He decrees that every one youngsters are to receive a section of chocolate on the finish of every day. He visits far flung lands and befriends cannibal kings. every time his ministers inform him something's most unlikely, he places them in penal complex. He disguises himself as a soldier and turns into a hero. yet, as in actual lifestyles, fable is tempered through reality:Matt's fellow kings turn into jealous of his success--and in spite of everything, Matt falls, even though it truly is transparent that he used to be the best king there ever used to be. Now this rediscovered vintage is obtainable back, and with a colourful new hide via award-winning artist Brian Selznick. This undying story indicates that merely throughout the honesty and spontaneity of kids can grown-ups start to think and to create a greater global.
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We spent the most money and we won the war. Our heroic King Matt could judge for himself that our troops had everything they could need. But why should we pay more money now? They attacked us, they started it, we have forgiven them, which shows our generosity and our goodness. But why shouldn’t they pay us what we spent on the war? We don’t want anything of theirs, but give us what we’ve got coming. Heroic King Matt was carried away by nobility and made peace with the enemy, a deed as wise as it was beautiful, but that free peace has created unprecedented financial difficulties.
The battle lasted an entire day. Finally, the enemy realized that there was no point in continuing, because they were just losing men, and they could not even reach Matt’s army because of the barbed wire. So they retreated and began digging in. But its one thing to dig trenches calmly when no one’s hampering you and quite another when bullets are flying from all sides. That night, flares were set off every few minutes and lit up the sky, and though there was less shooting because the weary soldiers took turns shooting and sleeping, the battle still continued.
Then the trench war began. This means that both Matt’s army and the enemy fired at each other but the bullets flew over their heads because all the soldiers were below ground level. Every once in a while, when they were bored, one side would attack and move a mile or so forward, and the other a mile or so back. The soldiers walked back and forth in the trenches, played music, sang, played cards, while Matt tried diligently to keep studying. Matt was given lessons by the lieutenant, who was bored, too.
King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak