(Narrated by Jadon, typed by mommy)
Mommy: Who is this story about?
Jadon: It’s about Pelopidas.
Mommy: And who was Pelopidas. Where was he from?
Jadon: He was from a Greek city of Thebes. He was really strong and he played in wrestling and hunted boars and deer in the forest. He was a leader who liked to help people who need it.
Mommy: What happened to Thebes?
Jadon: The Spartans marched into the city and made themselves masters of the castle. Pelopidas was forced to leave because it was under the power of the Spartans. He said we shouldn’t rest here while our land is in the hands of evil rulers. They got inside of regular people clothes and they snuck into Charon’s house. They went inside the castle. The Spartans were having a feast and they snuck in and attacked them. The Spartans left.
Mommy: There was a man named Alexander. Tell me about him.
Jadon: He was a king. He was mean. He would do mean things to his people.
Mommy: So what did the people do? Who did they ask to come help them?
Jadon: They asked Pelopidas to come and help them.
Mommy: So what did Pelopidas do?
Jadon: He came with a band of warriors and Alexander was scared.
Mommy: What did Alexander do?
Jadon: He bowed down and said I’ll do what ever you ask.
Mommy: How long did that last?
Jadon: Not long.
Mommy: So then what happened?
Jadon: Alexander threw Pelopidas in prison.
Mommy: Who came to visit him? And what happened?
Jadon: The queen came to visit him and she said, “I pity your wife” and Pelopidas said, “and who are you that pities my wife”.? She said, “the queen”. And he said, “I pity the queen for being the wife of a cruel tyrant”.
Mommy: What does it mean to be a tyrant?
Jadon: Mean. Hurtful. Annoying.
Mommy: Did Pelopidas stay in prion forever?
Jadon: No. The friends of Pelopidas came to rescue him and the king freed the prisoner.
Mommy: After Pelopidas was rescued where did he go?
Jadon: He went to visit the King of Persia. He said he would give him anything. He said he wanted his people to be free. Pelopidas thought of the good of people and not presents for himself.
Mommy: And who starts trouble again?
Jadon: Alexander was being mean again. Then there was a battle.
Mommy: What happened to Pelopidas.
Jadon: He died. From javelins.
Mommy: What happened to Alexander?
Jadon: The queen with her three brothers. They went into his house while he was sleeping. He had a dog that wouldn’t let anyone near him unless it was him or his servant that brings his food or the queen. The queen told the servant to go and take the dog away. They put a carpet on the steps so the king wouldn’t hear and they went up the stairs and killed the king.