The Incompetent Genie

Story File
8.9

Values

cleanliness and order

Main Lesson

No great task can be completed without sufficient order in the details

Setting

A genie’s lamp

Characters

A boy and a genie

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The Incompetent Genie

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A short story about being clean and in order

Once upon a time there was a genie, of the type who comes out of magic lamps and makes wishes come true. Unfortunately, this particular genie was famous for botching things up. Whenever someone rubbed the magic lamp, he would come out and say, "What is your wish?" Then a great cloud of smoke would appear and hundreds of things would fly through the air. When people stated their wish the object of their desire would appear in a cloud of dirt, covered in dust.

So many, and so embarrassing were his botches that no one wanted him. His lamp ended up being used only to throw at people, just like a common old box; and the genie didn't come out of it for years, and became sad and depressed.

That was, until a lonely boy found the lamp, and could hear the sad cries of the genie inside. So the boy decided to try to become the genie's friend, and the wish he asked to be granted was to be able to enter and leave the lamp, just like the genie could, so they could spend time together. The genie was happy to grant this wish, and as soon as the boy entered the lamp, he could see what the genie's problem was. It wasn't that he was a bad genie. It was just that he couldn't have been less tidy! In the lamp everything was thrown all over the place, whether it be jewellery, books, boats or camels. It was obvious that the place hadn't seen a duster for years. Being a genie, he had all sorts of stuff in there, and as the lamp was small, everything was crammed in together that whenever the genie tried to get something, a cloud of dust would fly up.

The boy held his head in his hands, and the genie apologised, saying that a genie's job was very important and he hadn't had time for cleaning. But the boy remembered his mother's advice, and told the genie that the more important his job was, the more important it was that he keep all his things in order. And together they decided to give the place a good clean.

It took them quite a few days, but when they finished, everything was gleaming and in its correct place. Now it was dead easy to find whatever gift was asked for, and to retrieve it without breaking anything.

And so it was that the genie began to be respected and admired once more. He learned that nothing great can be achieved without order and cleanliness in all things.

Let's work on this story, now that is fresh on our minds!

A minute for thinking

With the help of the child, the genius's lamp is tidy and useful again. How often do you think he will have to do cleaning? What should the genius do to avoid spending so many days cleaning his lamp?

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Daily life is full of activities that alone do not seem quite special, but they are needed in order to live a life with lots of special activities. Help your child to identify what those activities are (hygiene, shopping, washing and ironing, etc.). Then tell your kid what do you do to make those uninteresting activities a bit more special.

Why don't you try this?

To sweeten the job of tidying up the room, you can make a genius custome for your child. He can wear that costume to tidy up his "lamp" (the room) while playing the jinn with you.

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