51st out of 81 books — 3 voters
A Gift for the King: A Persian Tale
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
Jul 30, 2011 Cheryl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Interesting tale of the jaded King Artaxerxes, who found the most valuable gift of all. Soft muted colors in the detailed illustrations.