"The Gingerbread Man" explores possession and what really makes something someone's possession. Throughout the story, people keep acting like they are the owners of the gingerbread man.
This is a children's fairy tale and it seeks to help children learn that not everything belongs to them. For example, if a child has a video game that they play often, their parents can take it away for bad behavior or bad grades. Just because they are currently in possession of something, it does not mean that they will always retain possession. Another moral is that just because someone wants something, it does not mean that they can have it.Learn More
The irony of the short story "Federigo's Falcon" by Giovanni Boccaccio arises when the main character, Federigo, kills his prized falcon to feed the woman that he loves. The woman, Monna Giovanna, originally goes to Federigo to ask him for the falcon to save her sick son.Full Answer >
In his short-story collection "The Circuit," Francisco Jimenez recounts his experiences growing up as the son of migrant farm workers in California who are illegally in the country. He also describes his experiences in school, where he struggles with English but develops an interest in art.Full Answer >
The author Jane Yolen wrote "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?" and the illustrations were created by Mark Teague. The book was published by Scholastic in 2000.Full Answer >
The themes in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi concern abandonment and adoption as well as pain and revenge. The tale is a short story in Ruyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, and although it sounds like a nature tale, it can be read as a commentary on the British presence in India.Full Answer >