Aldar Visits America

Tourists who visit Iceland are impressed by its stunning scenery.  In the southern part of the island black volcanic sand stretches miles to the sea from its source in the glacier covered mountains. To the West the ocean has carved volcanic rocks at the shoreline into strange shapes. The North has turbulent waterfalls, bubbling mud pots, and oddly shaped lava formations.  Tourists often hear about the Iceland elves who many Icelanders still believe live hidden in its enchanted landscape.Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 8.35.49 AM

This is the story of how one of these elves, Aldar Sigurdsson, travels to the United States stowed away in the backpack of a tourist family.  When he sees the unhappiness of a ten year old boy in the family, he reveals himself in an effort to help.  Poor Edwin is the unfortunate victim of bullying at school, and it is ruining is life.  Aldar disguises himself as a fellow 6th grader and sets about to help Edwin.  In the process Aldar enjoys exploring the differences between life in America and his elf village.

Although this story is whimsical in nature, the problem of bullying is serious and should not be taken lightly.  Bullied children can be damaged for life by the experience and in some cases have been driven to suicide. The help of parents, teacher, counselors, and other professionals is recommended for bullying situations. Yet bullying would not be a serious problem if more children learned that they must respect other children and not become part of the bullying situation. It is hoped when kids read this story, they will identify with the qualities of helpful kindness demonstrated by a little elf from Iceland.

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