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A Gift for the King: A Persian Tale

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- This retelling of a 2,000-year-old Persian folk tale has the straightforward clarity of one of Aesop's fables. When incredibly wealthy King Artaxerxes takes a walk into the desert, his subjects strew his way with luxuries. But the only gift that gives him pleasure is a cool drink of water when he is thirsty. In the course of illustrating this wholeso ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Henry Holt & Company
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Mar 02, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale about what truly matters in life. We really enjoyed reading this story together and I loved the illustrations and the brief glimpse into ancient Persian culture. I also really liked the additional information provided at the end of the story.
Apr 19, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-folktales, srp-2011
This folktale is set in Persia of old, where a king recieves so many presents and gifts that he becomes tired of the lavish gifts and yerns for a drink of water, which he realizes is the most precious gift of all.
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Jan 15, 2012 Ashley Reads rated it really liked it
This was a great folktale about King Artexerxes and his vast, rich palaces. The lesson: money doesn't buy happiness? Or perhaps not to take for granted the simple things in life that can be immensely rewarding and fulfilling.
Interesting tale of the jaded King Artaxerxes, who found the most valuable gift of all. Soft muted colors in the detailed illustrations.
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