The King of the Golden Mountain

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Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, there was a merchant who lost all his wealth. Walking along the seashore, he met a mysterious dwarf. The dwarf said, “I will make you richer than ever before. But in return, the first thing that greets you at home will be mine.”

Thinking it would be his dog, the merchant agreed. However, his young son, Jacob, ran out to greet him. The merchant cried, “Oh no, my son! What have I done?”

Years passed, and the dwarf came to claim Jacob. But the clever boy said, “Before I go with you, let me say goodbye to my father.” Once inside, he told his father, “Quick, give me something I can escape with!”

Given an enchanted cloak, Jacob outwitted the dwarf and fled to a mountain of gold. On his way, he helped a bear trapped under a tree. The bear grumbled, “Thank you, young man. I’m actually an enchanted prince. I will aid you in your journey.”

On the Golden Mountain, Jacob faced dragons and witches. He found a magic ring and declared, “With this ring, I wish to be the King of this Golden Mountain!”

But he missed home. Using the ring, he wished, “Take me to see my father.” Back home, he found the dwarf had tricked his father again. Confronting the dwarf, Jacob said, “Your wickedness ends now!”

After a battle of wits, Jacob triumphed. He brought his father and the prince, now human again, to the Golden Mountain. As King, Jacob announced, “In our kingdom, we will always value honesty, courage, and kindness.”

And so, Jacob, the brave and clever boy, became a legend as The King of the Golden Mountain, ruling with wisdom and compassion.

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Follow Up Questions

Here are three short and engaging questions you can ask kids, which can spark their imagination and encourage them to think creatively:

If you could have any animal as a pet, real or imaginary, what would it be and why? This question allows children to explore their favorite animals or create fantastical creatures in their imagination. It also gives insight into their preferences and creative thinking.

If you found a magic wand, what would be the first thing you’d wish for? This classic question taps into a child’s imagination and desires. It can lead to discussions about their dreams, aspirations, or even simple joys they find in everyday life.

What would you do if you were the King or Queen of a magical kingdom for a day? Asking this encourages kids to think about leadership and what they consider important in a community. It also allows them to express their ideas about fun activities, rules, and making decisions for others.

These questions are great for stimulating a child’s imagination, understanding their thought process, and having an enjoyable conversation with them.

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