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The King's Stilts
The King's Stilts
by Dr. Seuss

The King's Stilts Theme of Duty

If there's one thing that can be said about King Birtram, it is that he is a man of duty. Anyone who is willing to wake up at 5 o'clock in the morning and sign paperwork in his bath must be either extremely self-disciplined or just plain crazy. And little Eric, too, is one dutiful dude—sacrificing his own safety to keep the Kingdom of Binn safe. And that's just it: in The King's Stilts, doing your duty means making some tough choices and finding the right balance between what you need, and what everyone around you needs.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q: If he's the king, why doesn't King Birtram just do whatever he wants?
A: Probably because he wouldn't stay king for very long. See, there are these little things called coups…

Q: Why is it the king's job to keep the kingdom safe?
A: Well if it ain't the king's job, whose job would it be?

Q: Why does Eric feel like he has to help the king at the end?
A: Because he's a little smarty-pants and he knows to do the right thing.

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