An impecunious boy's act of kindness to an old beggar bears a magical tree of starfruit for all the hungry Chinese villagers, except a miserly peddler who gets his comeuppance for his past stinginess.
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Ages 5-7. Wang retells a Chinese folktale remembered from her childhood. When a mysterious old beggar asks a stingy market vendor to give him a starfruit to quench his thirst, the merchant refuses. A boy acrobat buys the fruit for the old man, who magically grows a fruit-bearing tree from its seed and gives starfruit to all the people who have gathered. The boy is rewarded with a gift, while the merchant turns to find that all his starfruits have disappeared. Although the telling could be a bit tighter, the tale is satisfying, and the full-color paintings effectively illustrate the book. Recommended for libraries seeking picture-book versions of traditional Chinese stories. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Beyond Words Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Shao Wei Liu (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0941831892