Two men are on their way to market when one man's donkey knocks over the other man's jar of precious oil. Confused and upset, neither man knows who to blame for the mishap. They decide to ask their wise and just king for help. He suggests holding a trial between the donkey and the rock, and invites all his subjects to the courthouse to witness the strange event. But instead of watching a trial, the audience itself gets a lesson from the king.
From the striking mountain range to the brilliant colors of the prayer flags and the monks in red and gold, The Donkey and the Rock gives young readers a taste of the beautiful country of Tibet, and shares the wisdom of a tale that emerged from it.
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Demi has written and illustrated many highly acclaimed children's books, including The Empty Pot, which has sold more than 100,000 copies. Demi, a practicing Buddhist, lives with her husband in Carnation, Washington.
Kindergarten-Grade 3-In old Tibet, two poor but honest men become embroiled in a dispute that only the wisest judge can settle. An oil seller leaves his oil jar on top of a rock while he rests. His neighbor's donkey, laden with wood, knocks it from its precarious perch. (Demi meets Jackson Pollock in the spread for this scene, as paint drops spatter across the orderly page.) Who is to blame for the oil seller's loss? The king, famous for his justice, questions the men and decides to arrest both the donkey and the rock. Curiosity seekers fill the court, seeking entertainment from the spectacle of an unlikely trial, but the king has the last laugh as he resolves the conflict to both men's satisfaction. A source note traces the lineage of the ubiquitous tale, told in many ways all over Asia. Whether she paints processions of priests, a mystical god-king, children in line dances, or the crowded courtroom filled with people and animals both mythological and real, Demi's firm control over composition and pattern offer children a fresh, authentic interpretation of Tibetan art that perfectly complements this simple fable. Exterior scenes set small, brightly dressed figures against watercolor swaths that suggest the bright sky, snow, and shadows of a mountain landscape. Interior scenes are depicted in rich, colorful patterns drawn from Tibetan art. Valuable as an entertaining, well-told story, as well as an introduction to Tibetan culture.
Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
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Description du livre Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 1999. Hardcover. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P110805059598
Description du livre Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Hardcover. État : New. 0805059598 New Condition. N° de réf. du libraire NEW7.0380398