This is an age when beauty crowns, straight As and peer recognition are all too important to even the youngest of kids. ‘The Mightiest’ by Keiko Kasza tells a refreshing tale of simplicity, humility, deceptive appearances and human nature, packed in a lighthearted, entertaining picture book.
When three animals spot a golden crown on a rock in the middle of a forest, each one lays claim to it, declaring himself to be Mightiest and hence, the one most worthy of it. To put matters to rest, they agree to a scheme – the one who frightens the helpless old lady walking towards them wins. Little do they realize what’s in store.
The book races ahead with twists, turns and an unexpected ending. The Mightiest is a rare children’s book that has all the great elements of a good story – humor, mystery, action, dialogue, suspense all rolled into its pages, plus that which is almost impossible to get across in a picture book for kids – a moral! Maybe even a few. Trust Keiko Kasza to pull something like that off with each book!
This turned out to be one of the first books my daughter and I read this year, going by the number of times she’s read it already, I can tell it’s going to be a favorite for a while. Our family had so much fun acting this story out with each of us taking turns to be the old lady, the giant and one of the animals. Have you read The Mightiest with your tiniest ones? How did you enjoy it?