by Brigitte Weninger and Robert Ingpen
(Penguin Young Readers New York NY 2003)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other
highly recommended but unavailable - maybe a copy in your local library
Pico was an ugly, hunchbacked dwarf who lived near a mountain. He did not want anyone to see him. A stinky troll often visited Pico. One night Pico came across some crystal dwarves as he was climbing the mountain. They sang a mysterious song but it had no ending. This beautifully illustrated and engaging story for all ages to enjoy and share together contains many peace-building elements:
Pico created an ending to the song and the grateful crystal dwarves introduced him to the Crystal King. Pico was happy. He had friends and the Crystal King gave him a wonderful gift.
"I have friends now. What more could I want?"
The kind and friendly Pico showed the crystal to the troll when he returned to his cave. But the stinky and greedy troll wanted to be rich. He decided he would also create an ending to the song and he, too, was rewarded. But when the troll looked into the magical crystal he saw his true reflection.
Pico was no longer ashamed of how he looked and he spent many hours telling the crystal dwarves stories he had heard about the world beyond the mountain.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation January 2007