Nikolai is a boy who believes that if he can find the answers to his three questions, he will always know how to be a good person. His friends--a heron, a monkey, and a dog--try to help, but to no avail, so he asks Leo, the wise old turtle. "When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?" Leo doesn't answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai's visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself.
This is one of my favorite picture books. The three questions asked by Nikolai are a wonderful way to get kids and adults thinking about right and wrong. According to the story, the questions are answered like this:
1. When is the best time to do things? Now.
2. Who is the most important one? The one you are with.
3. What is the right thing to do? To do good for the person by your side.
I have had wonderful, hour-long discussions with my students based on this short but powerful story. I recommend it for ALL ages!
What is your favorite picture book with a lesson?