A children’s book on corruption

It is rare for the topic of corruption to put a smile on anyone’s face. However, I could not help smiling as I listened to my colleague Patrick Henz’s new audiobook for children: Pepe, the Red Race Car.

In this short story, we follow the adventures of Pepe as he competes in various races around the world. Pepe, who is fair and honest, must decide what to do when he notices a competitor breaking the rules with the help of a race official.

There are many good lessons in this book, from living by your values to speaking up when something is wrong. But if I had to choose one favorite, it would be this: the pleasure one hopes to derive out of winning evaporates when the win results from cheating.

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