“Once upon a time there lived a thief …” bedtime stories as told by a judge
“Once upon a time there lived a thief …” the times are changing and so are fairytales. A collection of stories written by a judge from police files reflects the reality of the present day far better than the traditional classics and the aim of the collection is to teach children right from wrong in an entertaining manner.
The author of the book, Judge Roman Pokorný, explains how the idea was born.
The judge, who had no literary ambitions up until then, agreed to put together a collection of moral tales or fables based on real-life police stories. When he had the first three or four stories he sent copies to a number of kindergartens and primary schools in order to get some feedback.
“We asked teachers to read the stories and then, if they found them appropriate, to read them out aloud to the class to see how they would go down. They got back to us almost immediately. Many of them phoned us the very next day saying the stories were very helpful and could we send some more. The story of the lost ring was written at their own request because they said it helped them to explain to the children that it was not right to keep something that someone else had lost.”