The Greatest Treasure by Demi

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In this elegant retelling of a traditional Chinese tale, adorned by Demi's exquisitely detailed artwork, a poor farmer discovers that life's greatest treasure lies in his own heart. Full color.

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Demi became fascinated with Buddhism at the age of three, when she chose a small golden statue of the Buddha at a five-and-dime store. At age twenty-one she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study art in India, where she walked in the footsteps of the Buddha. She has practiced Buddhism for twenty years, along with her husband, Tze-si Huang. In researching the art for "Buddha," she drew from Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, and Indonesian paintings, sculptures, and sutra illustrations, particularly Pahari and Chamba Indian miniature paintings. For the story of the Buddha's life, Demi relied on her library of more than 82,000 books, most of which relate to Buddhism. Demi is the author and illustrator of many books, including "The Empty Pot," "The Magic Tapestry," "The Firebird," and "The Magic Gold Fish," She lives in Carnation, Washington.
Published September 1, 1998 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He has no time for his children or wife, who counsels her young ones: ""With money you are a dragon, without it you are a worm."" Li, a poor and happy farmer who lives nearby, plays his flute for the enjoyment and merriment of his children and wife.

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In a fable similar to her The Empty Pot, Demi uses an emperor's riddle to demonstrate The Greatest Power.

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