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The King Went to Sleep

Yossi Alphi
AGE: 5-7

This particular king is tired of his weighty responsibility and takes a vacation. After having a word with his wife, he brushes his teeth and goes to bed with the weekend papers, locking the door behind him. It`s supposed to be a short break, but his leave of absence goes on for two months... and more. At first the king`s subjects miss him, but then they get used to life without him and life goes on as usual until he is quite forgotten.
Having made a case for getting rid of the king, it is no surprise when nobody wants him back. His subjects like their new- found independence and find a solution for their redundant ruler: they seal off his castle.
The story ends with a few words of warning for the child who would be king: stick to it or lose your crown.

Illustrations: Avner Katz

Alphi The King Went to Sleep
Title The King Went to Sleep
Author’s Last Name Alphi
Author's First Name Yossi
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1986
No. Pages 23 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Melech Halach Lishon
Representation Represented by ITHL


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