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by Brock Cole

A beggar arrives at the inn declaring he is a king but only manages to convince Little Baggit, the servant.
Download The king at the door: Words and pictures epub
ISBN: 038514718X
ISBN13: 978-0385147187
Category: No category
Author: Brock Cole
Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1979)
ePUB size: 1653 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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Love the language love the story
This tale was the first picture book written and illustrated by Dr Cole, published back in 1979. It is strangely situated in a bar, apparently commonplace in Merry Ol' England back in the days of kings with little or no Parliament and no state schools for children. Instead, poor children either worked in poor houses or were apprenticed to an adult to learn a trade. The tale's main character, Little Baggitt, is apprenticed to an innkeeper and must serve alcoholic beverages to customers and drink ale.

The plot does not involve Puritans coming to rescue the boy from his predicament. Instead it involves a penniless old man with no crown on his head, wearing a patched shirt, no hat, and no coat while traveling on foot. He tells Little Baggitt that he is the king, but he didn't bring any money on his walk that day. Little Baggit's "master", the innkeeper, looks out the window and sees only an old beggar. The king asks the young boy to bring him wine from the bar. The boy brings him dishwater as instructed by the innkeeper. When the king expresses his displeasure, L'il Baggit serves him his own personal ale.

When the King asks for food, the innkeeper gives him dog scraps. When the King expresses his displeasure for dog scraps, L'il Baggit gives him his own loaf of bread. Baggit's acts of kindness and charity are repeated several times whenever the king asks for a hat, a coat, and transportation back to his castle. The innkeeper takes veiled jibes at L'il Baggit for believing the beggar is the king, but gets his comeuppance when the king returns the next morning to fetch L'il Baggit to live in his own household.

A nice bar room tale, but not appropriate for children under legal drinking age.
I would hardly categorize this as a barroom tale. Inns in medieval times were today's equivalents of restaurants, and children are quite capable of understanding that with little to no adult explanation. The main theme of this tale is that we shouldn't judge people on appearance or first impressions, and is a gentle and humorous reminder to adults that children often see things a little more clearly than we do. We have kindness and sharing being rewarded, while cynicism and judgementalism get their comeuppance. One of our favorites, and on our recommended gift list for Christmas!