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The Emperor's Garden

Wolff, Ferida

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ISBN 10: 0688116515 / ISBN 13: 9780688116514
Published by Tambourine
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Title: The Emperor's Garden

Publisher: Tambourine

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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The humble villagers plan a splendid garden to honor the Emperor of all China and invite him to see it. They work happily together to build the garden, but when it is time to name it, they fall to arguing. Then the monsoon rains come and flood their work. What terrible disgrace will befall the village when the emperor asks to see his garden? Full color.

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It was a poor but agreeable village in China, where all could call each other a friend. The villagers decided to build a beautiful garden down by the river to attract a visit from the emperor, who passed through the village on the way to his summer palace in the north. When it came time to name the pleasure garden, a note of disharmony arose: The bricklayer disputed the name suggested by the stonecutter, the farmer disagreed with the gardener, the carpenter wasn't impressed with the ditchdigger's choice. Each wanted his work to be honored in the name. Unneighborly accusations flew, families spatted, bitterness reigned. Then the monsoon came and cut short their bickering, flooding and ruining much of the garden. But the emperor had gotten wind of the villagers' toils and requested to see the garden when he passed through. The emperor marveled at the garden's simplicity and took great pleasure in its quietude, all that was left of what once was. He advised the villagers to name it the Garden of Supreme Harmony, and the story comes full circle. A fine little cautionary tale, complemented by Osborn's pictures: smart, flat stylizations, rich in color and detail. (Picture book. 5+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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