The Golden Plate

The Golden Plate

Book - 2014
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One day Isobel is playing with her best friend's store bought doll house, She finds herself entranced by her friend's toy golden plates that is hanging over the doll house's toy stove. Isobel slipped the plate into her pocket and hurried home. Feeling guilty she tells her mother how she took her friend's toy golden plate. Her mother explains to Isobel it is wrong to have taken the plate and must return the plate and apologize to her friend. Isobel does as she is told and after feels much better. On Isobel's next birthday she is rewarded for doing the right thing and is given her own gold plate as a gift
Publisher: Zürich, Switzerland : North South, 2014
ISBN: 9780735841758
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Goldene teller


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Mar 16, 2015

Isobel visits her friend Elisabeth. Elisabeth has very nice things including a spectacular doll house. Isobel sees a perfect little golden plate and slips it into her pocket. But when she gets it home she realizes it does not fit right in her own doll house because it is not her own and she feels very guilty for having taken it. She finally tells her mother about what she did and is encouraged to take the plate back to her friend. They play again with the doll house and Isobel is happy.

This story was first published in Switzerland and has been translated into English. The illustrations have an antique feel to them. The pictures are colorful and have lots of detail.

This was a lovely story about what happens when a little girl steals from her friend. She feels guilty and is then much relieved when she returns the item. This is an excellent example for children to learn from. Isobel's guilt is directed at herself and the others never make her feel bad about what she did. Her own unhappiness was punishment enough. The language of the story is at times lengthy and the author uses a somewhat large vocabulary, but this makes it an opportunity to learn new words. This story is a perfect springboard for a discussion with the little ones on stealing and the consequences.

Recommended for ages 4-8 which is a good age range.


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