What do the exploits of a wise old philosopher, a brave young knight, and a musician prince have in common? Each of these three charming parables offers young readers a distinctive point of view and a valuable message about life. With whimsical color illustrations that are miniature works of art, these books will surely entertain young readers and adults alike. For ages six and up. In Diogenes' Lantern the eccentric (and quite funny) Greek philosopher Diogenes, who lived in the 4th century B.C., wanders the ancient city of Corinth wearing only an old cloak and a barrel. Using a lantern in daytime, he proves the local philosophers wrong. Diogenes teaches even Alexander the Great an important lesson about wisdom and life! The title character of The Perfect Knight has a penchant for fighting but ultimately learns the virtues of peace over war, as a beautiful damsel explains to the young knight what it takes for him to be truly perfect in her eyes. Prince Orpheus presents the story of young Orpheus and his magical music. With his singing and the sound of his lyre, Orpheus puts a scary fire-breathing dragon to sleep. He helps his friends, Jason and the Argonauts, capture the Golden Fleece. Then he saves his wife from the Underworld, thus showing that anything is possible with music, talking, and a little bit of "pluck."