Maulie's Pocket and Learning the Moral Behind Stealing
The Inspiration Behind Maulie's Pocket.
When I was a little girl around 6 years of age I remember going into a pet store, and having about three cats at home. I wanted to get something for them to play with. After a while of wandering around while my mother was doing something on her own there I found this toy mouse that ran on wheels when you wound it up using a small key. I loved it, but I knew my mother couldn't afford to get it since we were already going through the hardships of poverty. I knew the cats would go nuts over it, and so instead of asking for it or being patient enough to wait till I could buy it myself I simply stuck the little mouse in my pocket. When we got home I remember waiting for a moment when my parents weren't looking. As soon as the moment came I pulled the toy mouse out of my pocket, wound it up, and sent it rolling across the floor in the living room. My cats went after it instantly, and I was so excited, but at the same time my mother walked in the room and noticed my little possession. "What's that?" she asked, " and where did you get it?" I knew I couldn't lie about it so I told her that I got it from the store. It took her a bit to figure out which store I was talking about, but as soon as she did she had realized that I stole the toy while I was with her at the pet store, and we had walked out without anyone noticing, or even having to pay for it. My mother could have simply scolded me, and took it away, but instead she took me by the hand, and we went right back to the store. I remember handing the toy over to the clerk while I was crying, and apologizing for taking it. The clerk was rather surprised and didn't really say much other than thanking my mother for being an honest woman. I on the other hand was completely mortified. My mom bent down to her knees right in front of the clerk, and started to explain to me that what I had done was called stealing. That the police are usually called when that happens, and people can get fined, or even go to jail for such behavior. I honestly felt horrible, and remember crying so much. The whole time apologizing over, and over again for stealing the toy. I learned my lesson that day, and I've never stolen another thing in my life since then. Now that I'm teaching preschool I noticed that this simple lesson is something that children innocently don't realize is wrong. That they will stuff little treasures in their pockets and not feel the moral understanding of the fact that they are stealing. It may be due to the fact that parent's might feel the child is too young to understand, and therefore don't teach them about this. Yet, time and time again I've seen children cry, and feel as horrible as I did when they're made to return the item they pocketed. Considering I do a lot of circle times I'm always on the hunt for another good book to teach children something more. Although, in my endeavors to find a good story on stealing I honestly couldn't find much that was suitable for 3-5 year old children in such a way that it was interesting, and inviting to read. A lot of the titles I looked at had blunt titles like All About Stealing, or else they were religion based stories which are not completely appropriate in a multicultural classroom. It was rather hard to find anything at all, and it made me think back on this story from my own childhood. This inspired me to write Maulie's Pocket. I wrote it using rhyme, and word play. Which alone captures a child's attention, and fascination from the simple fact that the words fit together so nicely. The title was originally Polly's Pocket. I had done all the illustrations, and laminated it so it was much like an actual book, but in researching titles, and other people's work I discovered that the name Polly Pocket had already been used for a little toy idol that had nothing to do with putting things in her pockets. My book was presented to the Sprott-Shaw Community College in New Westminster, BC for a project we were asked to do in making children's stories. The instructors loved the story so much that they encouraged me to look into publishing. So I did, and with many hours of research, and talking with different publishing companies I decided to go through the self-publishing offer provided by Createspace.com. I revised the story to have it follow along with my own childhood experience, and when I received my proof copy I was honestly ecstatic. It was way to exciting to describe, and I finally felt like I had accomplished something that will last for many generations to come. Even if Maulie's Pocket is not a major hit with today's generation I'm sure that as more people discover, and share the story it will be the kind of story that is remembered long after. Maulie's Pocket is the first of many stories I plan on writing dealing with moral, and social issues. Children are always picking up books, and asking for someone to read to them, and I believe that this story would be a great tool for parents to use in teaching their children about stealing in a subtle, yet clear, and friendly manner.
The day I got the proof copy!
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