The Donkey and the Rock by Demi

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Two men are on their way to market when one man's donkey knocks over the other man's jar of precious oil. Confused and upset, neither man knows who to blame for the mishap. They decide to ask their wise and just king for help. He suggests holding a trial between the donkey and the rock, and invites all his subjects to the courthouse to witness the strange event. But instead of watching a trial, the audience itself gets a lesson from the king.

From the striking mountain range to the brilliant colors of the prayer flags and the monks in red and gold, The Donkey and the Rock gives young readers a taste of the beautiful country of Tibet, and shares the wisdom of a tale that emerged from it.
 

About Demi

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Demi has written and illustrated many highly acclaimed children's books, including The Empty Pot, which has sold more than 100,000 copies. Demi, a practicing Buddhist, lives with her husband in Carnation, Washington.
 
Published March 15, 1999 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Demi (The Dragons Tale) deftly adapts a story that allegedly originated in India in 550 B.C. to a Tibetan setting for this retelling, notable for its spare, repetitive language and versatile artwork.

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Sagely realizing that neither fellow is at fault, the ruler instead imprisons the donkey and the rock on which the oil was set.

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