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The King's Stilts

The King's Stilts


by Dr. Seuss

The King's Stilts Meaning

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Lessons in Loyalty

Let's talk about little Eric. This little cutie is the one who, in the end, saves the day. But it takes him a while to get there.

First, he's commanded by Lord Droon-the-bringer-of-doom to hide the King's stilts, which is Not Good. But as soon as he comes to understand the consequences of having a stilt-less king making all the major decisions, he does everything he can to right that wrong, even if it means defying Lord Droon (who is not a guy you want to cross).

Eric knows the Seuss truth: following orders isn't the most important thing; the most important thing is doing what's right for those you care about (and for the greater good). Even when he is literally shunned by the rest of the townsfolk—for supposedly having measles—Eric doesn't back down. And in the end, the king rewards him with his very own pair of stilts. Hey, can we get a pair? We know we didn't save the kingdom or anything, but…

Oh and Lord Droon, who displays a nasty amount of disloyalty? He's roundly punished by being boarded up in a house with that familiar measles sign on it. He's also forced to eat Nizzards every day. We're not sure what that tastes like, but they sure don't sound good if even the cats won't eat 'em.

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