The Golden Secret: Mom's Classic Children's Story
Bugovians awoke in the morning with a frown and a scowl.
“Send horsemen to every corner of the kingdom,” Regen roared. “Knock on every door, and send smoke signals from the hilltops. We must find a winner by the next full moon!”
As soon as Dayo left the shop, Mr. Piper rushed next door to tell Mr. Klaus the butcher what had happened. Mr. Klaus said, “Tsk, tsk, tsk. Such a thing could never happen here. It would never work!” But when Mrs. Jones came into Mr. Klaus’s shop to complain about yesterday’s roast, Mr. Klaus decided to try the secret, too. He smiled at her and said, “How well you look today, Mrs. Jones. That is a very pretty hat you are wearing! Would you like a fine fresh fish for your dinner tonight?” When Mr. Klaus said that, Mrs. Jones forgot to complain about the roast. In fact, she said, “It was quite delicious, thank you.” And now Mrs. Jones knew the secret, too.
Dayo walked up the street, smiling at everyone he met, and bowing and tipping his hat to the ladies. People smiled back at him, although not always right away. Soon wonderful strange things were happening to the once angry-faced people of Bugovia.