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The Emperor's New Threads - 2023



Written by Nancy Steele Brokaw

What’s the truth when you don’t like the truth? Emperor Worcestershire means to be a good Emperor but his love of clothes gets in the way. Hood and Winkie, a pair of swindlers, show up with a promise to weave the realm’s most unique fabric and make it into a dazzling garment just for him. They even guarantee their fabric is invisible to those who are unworthy. The weaving begins but, if one is to be honest, their ‘fabric’ looks an awful lot like air. And who wants to admit they are unworthy? Certainly not the Emperor (especially at those prices) and his royal advisors lack the courage to speak the truth. And that’s how the Emperor ends up in parading in his underwear for the Feast Day Parade. Will anyone ever speak up?

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