Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Emperor's Plum Tree

Author: Michelle Nikly

First line: Long ago, in the lad of the rising sun, there lived an emperor whose garden was beautiful beyond imagination.

Why you should read this book: When the death of a plum tree brings a flaw into the emperor's perfect garden, he uses his influence to return the garden to a state of perfection, without considering that his gain is another's loss. It takes the work of a small boy to help him realize that he is not the only person on the planet and that other living creatures deserve pleasure as well. Short and sweet with lovely illustrations as well as a strong message about the nature of impermanence and the natural order of life.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're a selfish jerk and you always put your own whims above the needs of others.

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