Ling Cho and his Three Friends by V. J. Pacilio

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A tale of wisdom, ebulliently illustrated

Long concerned for the three poor neighboring farmers who refuse to accept charity, the prosperous Ling Cho decides to ask their help in selling some of his wheat. They gladly agree and depart for the marketplace with one wagonload each. When the time comes for them to bring Ling Cho his portion of their earnings, none of the farmers has anything for him but a story. Ling Cho listens to each neighbor's excuse and then demonstrates wisdom in his response that will remain with readers long after the book is closed. His message: that true friends allow themselves to be helped. Carefully rhymed couplets and golden, animated paintings make this story both funny and deeply meaningful.

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Published March 23, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Forced rhyming couplets relate this overlong story of a farmer who teaches his friends the importance of asking for help in times of need. Ling Cho comes up with a plan to help three of his less prosp

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When Ling Cho then turns a scolding eye on the third friend who tells the truth, children may not grasp that Ling Cho offers a good deal to this honest man, and nothing to the others.

Jan 01 2000 | Read Full Review of Ling Cho and his Three Friends