The Saddest King
(Red Fox, Oct. 1, 2008)
Once there was a country where the people were always happy. They would smile and laugh when it was sunny, or when it poured with rain, or even when the snow fell and their teeth were chattering. Nothing ever made them sad. But one day a small boy breaks the law—he cries! He is taken straight to the king who, it is said, is the happiest person in the land. Can the boy convince the king that it’s all right to be sad sometimes?