From Janusz Korczak's book about the difficult maturation of little King Macius comes a simple but highly dramatic conflict: the struggle between Macius and the General for the throne, a conflict which organizes the structure. Again and again, Macius has to test his mettle with his enemy, to fight against an opponent who leaves no stone unturned, no method untried to remove him from the throne. Macius, who represents Good, is threatened by the principles of Evil.
After the death of his father, Macius leaves the palace for the very first time and gets to know some children named Felix, Hanna and Anton. Macius is admired by his new friends, but he is still one of them and through them he gains entrance to the normal world of children. He has fun with them and has some wild adventures. Together they knock about the district, play around, break windows, or "steal" cherries from the castle gardens. However, the children's world is not always peaceful and happy. There is often envy, jealousy, underhandedness or maliciousness between the friends, meaning that even his best friends sometimes block Macius' kingly plans.
Despite all the threatening situations that Macius experiences, the story retains the view of the world of a happy child. The bad guys have weaknesses we can laugh at and they often find themselves in comical situations due to Macius' smart ideas which his friends, naturally, are ready to help carry out.
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