Once upon a time there was a king who counted and recounted all of his possessions every morning from the window of his castle. Everything he saw was his: lands, wells, trees, and houses. All he cared about was the price of things, and not the happiness of the people. When young Ovidi goes to the castle to make a request in the name of the people, the monarch ignores him completely. They need a bridge to cross the river and go to school. The youth, despite the royal rejection, decides to go back to the castle a few days later to sing the king a song to change his attitude.
A children’s book inspired by the song written and composed by Josep Maria Carandell, and sung by Ovidi Montllor.
The tale of the self-centered king raises the topic of the distribution of wealth, and the importance of personal initiative and cooperation to build a free and solidary society.
by Ignasi Blanch & Alba Salvador Llopis
Takatuka | hc | 36 pp | 275 x 240 mm | Oct 2015 | 5+
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[original title: La canción de las balanzas]