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The King's Fountain

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"A moving parable of a modest man who saves his city because he cares about the people who live there".--Publishers Weekly. Full-color illustrations. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 31st 1989 by Dutton Juvenile (first published 1971)
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Sarah Melissa
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a picture book by Lloyd Alexander and Ezra Jack Keats, the illustrator. Alexander is a British writer who does mostly aged 8-11 Puffin childrens' books, what we would call YA, and Keats you are probably familiar with if you are a parent. The story is a fable. I gave it a long time ago to a friend who had realized he would never have a music career, although he is quite good.
A king wanted to build a fountain which would divert all his peoples' drinking water. No one had to courage to remo
The king wants to build a beautiful fountain, but if he does, the subjects in the city below would have not water. A poor man tries to get scholars, merchants, and brave men to go, but none will, so he finally does. The king listens to him and doesn't build the fountain.

Pictures are acrylics on canvas and have a near eastern flavor. The minor characters are shown roughly. The major characters are in detail. Darkish colors, but really beautiful and good depictions.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The king wants to build a fountain in the middle of the kingdom. A poor man realizes that it will create a water shortage in the land. He goes to a scholar, a merchant and a metalsmith and asks them to approach the king with their wisdom, smooth words and strength respectively, but they will not. So, the poor man goes himself to plead his case.
Hannah Dull
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Genre: Traditional
Grade Level: 1-2

This was a pretty good book. It might take a little more concentration to make it more intriguing for those reading it. It did have a good message behind it, it just takes a little more concentration to get to it. I really liked the illustrations in it as well. It was well done.
The tale of a king on a hill who planned to build a fountain for his garden and not taking into consideration the plight of the city and its inhabitants below in the valley. It takes the insight and individual responsibility of one man to speak to the king, and convince him to change his plans.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked the art. It felt and looked like a children's story meant for adults and even used some large-ish words. Simple story about a simple man trying to save his people. ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the illustrations and like the simple story about making a difference. It is a good reminder that you don't have to be the best at something to make a difference or to even try. ...more
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I love the pictures in this book. They're not at all the style I associate with Ezra Jack Keats, but they're truly wonderful. In my opinion, the concept of the story is better than the execution. I really wanted to like the book, because I like the idea of it so much. But the story itself felt stilted to me. If I found it for a dollar at a yard sale, I'd buy it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. ...more
Andrea Day
Not the flashiest book, and may not appeal to everyone--but written and illustrated by two classics of children's literature which makes it worth looking at. The moral of the story was actually really meaningful to me. The pictures are painted in earth tones and expressive characters. ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
A family favorite with beautiful paintings and an inspiring story. I read it aloud to South African youth to say, "You can make a difference." ...more
AE Michels
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
A fairly standard children's story with a moral attached, nothing special. The one note of interest is that the illustrations hint at a Jewish family in a Muslim city of the past. ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, children
One of Lloyd Alexander's shortest books, it still finds time to teach you something valuable about life. ...more
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Lloyd Chudley Alexander was an influential American author of more than forty books, mostly fantasy novels for children and adolescents, as well as several adult books. His most famous contribution to the field of children's literature is the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. The concluding book of the series, The High King , was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1969. Alexander's other book ...more

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