After having watched his father live a life of regrets while saddled with a huge stone he feels he must carry around with him, a son finds happiness by choosing to follow his own path rather than his father's
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Kindergarten-Grade 3Garlands majestic artwork could be framed and hung in a museum. The colors, the detail, and the use of light are all breathtaking. Unfortunately, the illustrations are the only spectacular aspect of this disappointing tale. Set during the Renaissance, the story depicts a homeless father and son who travel from place to place doing odd jobs and begging. Everywhere they go, the father is weighted down by a heavy stone he carries on his back, which he says he inherited from his father and his grandfather before him. The boy beseeches a shepherd, a farmer, the farmers wife, and a merchant to relieve his fathers horrible burden. No one is willing or able to help. The boy then accepts his fathers fate and listens to stories of how different life would be if only the man had not been oppressed by the heavy stone. On the day the son assumes his fathers burden, the elderly man becomes so light, he flies away. The son unceremoniously drops the stone, finds a diamond, and lives happily ever after with a farmers daughter. It is a shame to see such gorgeous paintings accompany such a shallow story.Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 1999. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0761312617
Book Description Millbrook Press, 1999. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110761312617
Book Description Millbrook Press. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0761312617 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1253533