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The Mystic Princesses and the Missing Turkey Part 4

Thank you for making it this far! If you are just joining in, please read the posts in the following order to better enjoy The Mystic Princesses’ turkey hunt.

Prior Posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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 The Mystic Princesses and the Missing Turkey Part 4

“I guess Scary Shark is up to his old tricks,” Janna said.

“Let’s follow him,” Harmonie said. “Maybe there is a reason he took the turkey. Things aren’t always as they seem.”

Since Coral helps the girls swim underwater without scuba gear, they were able to follow Scary Shark. They swam quietly so he wouldn’t hear them, and were surprised when they arrived at his shiver!

“I brought food for tomorrow,” he said.

“Son, your brothers and sisters are hungry and will be happy to have food,” his mother said. “I’m afraid to ask where you got a turkey as that is most unusual.”

“It is a delicacy for those who walk on land,” he confessed. “And I took it from those who have enough to give it to my brothers and sisters, who are hungry. The others won’t miss it.”

“Stealing is wrong, even if it is for the right reason. You must return it first thing tomorrow. I am quite disappointed in you.”

Scary Shark was sad that he upset his mom when he was trying to help his brother and sister. It was terrible seeing them go to bed hungry at night. The next morning he planned to return the turkey, but the princesses had a different plan.

The Mystic Princesses swam back to the castle to get the time travel watch. They wanted to find a way to help Scary Shark without him knowing that they’d seen his secret. Not being able to provide for one’s family hurts. They now knew that it was possible that he acted like a bully because he was hungry and he didn’t know how to help his family.

“Let’s go back to earlier today before Scary Shark stole the turkey. We will meet him while he is on the way to Coral’s house,” Catie said.

The Mystic Princesses and the Missing Turkey Part 4
Illustration from The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool

Coral agreed. “When we see Scary Shark we will invite him and his family to come over for Thanksgiving dinner. My father won’t mind. We will tell Scary Shark that Chronos is joining us and we think he would like Chronos. He won’t need to know that we have found his secret.”

“Yes, sometimes bullies act that way to preserve their pride,” Harmonie agreed.

The girls were thankful they solved the case of the missing turkey and found a way to make Scary Shark feel better.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Mystic Princesses!

 

Discussion Questions

 

1. What can you do to ensure you have the correct information before forming an opinion?

2. What can you do to help people who are hungry?

3.  Why are you thankful?

4. When did you last tell a special person that you appreciate them?

5. Who has made you happy and who have you made happy?

 

Nicu the Littlest Vampire: In Fangless by Elias Zapple

Nicu the Littlest Vampire: In Fangless by Elias ZappleThe Mystic Princesses sat in front of the fire pit at Breanna’s house in Yellowstone National Park. They’d just finished reading Nicu the Littlest Vampire in Fangless and were talking about Nicu being teased because he didn’t have his fangs although he was 9-years-old. The mean spirited teasing wasn’t just from his brother and school mates, even his parents were disappointed and hit Nicu because he was fangless.

“Poor Nicu,” Breanna said starting the discussion. “If I were there, I would have thrown a fire ball at those bullies.”

“That wouldn’t have solved the problem,” Harmonie said. “Bullying is wrong. It might have helped if Nicu understood that the other vampires teased him because he was different. Letting them see he was bothered by the teasing made them tease him even more. What did you think Coral?”

“It sounds like you are blaming Nicu for reacting!”

“No! I should have added that it would have helped if his friends had stood up for him instead of joining in the teasing. I didn’t like his friends or family. Even Nicu’s parents were mean to him.”

The girls thought about this and commented that they’d been taught that being included in a group of friends normally helps children who are bullied. This is because having friends form a protective circle reducing the time that a person is alone and doesn’t give the bullies as many chances to tease. And they’d learned that when children feel loved they don’t let the teasing bother them as much.

Catie spoke next saying, “I agree. Friends and family aren’t supposed to be mean to each other.”

Janna finished the discussion when she said, “We sometimes we tease, but were are never mean when we joke around.”

Cool Kids Wear Glasses by Teddy O’Malley

Cool Kids Wear Glasses by Teddy O'MalleyThe Mystic Princesses finished reading Cool Kids Wear Glasses by Teddy O’Malley and went to get a snack while they talked about the book.

“I didn’t like Mandy’s character very much,” Janna said.

“She was mean to the other kids at school,” Breanna agreed. “What did you think, Coral?”

“You shouldn’t let a few people decide whether you are cool or not.”

Catie chimed in saying, “Even if some people are bullies, not everyone is. You just need to try to find friends that like you for who you are, instead of what you look like.”

“Yes,” Harmonie agreed. “Look at us. We all look different. But we are friends. I would rather find friends who are kind, honest and caring.”

“And if you see someone being bullied, you should try to make friends with them,” Harmonie said. “When a person has friends, he or she is less likely to be bullied.”

Sticks N’ Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela Burkhead

About the Book

Sticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela BurkheadTitle: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+

Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea’s garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.

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