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This Far Eastern-flavored tale from Christian writer Richard Paul Evans (The Christmas Box) teaches a simple lesson of humility: in the words of a wise, old woman, "To be great is not to be higher than another, but to lift another higher."

Evans's storytelling pluck and homespun wisdom are in ample evidence here, as a young villager decides (à la Yertle the Turtle) that if he can only look down on enough people, he will become truly great. So the man constructs a platform and eventually the eponymous tower, only to find that--as with all time-honored stories about reaching too high--it doesn't work.

As befits the Evans ethic, the story ends with a shot at redemption, and Jonathan Linton's vivid, photorealistic illustrations (though jarring at first) ably convey the young man's subtle transformation. (A sequel of sorts to The Christmas Candle, a story of charity, and The Spyglass, a story of faith.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This leaden title in the Richard Paul Evans Virtues Collection spotlights humility. Determining that greatness means having everyone look up to him literally a proud young man in long-ago China builds a tower and isolates himself from his fellow villagers. Loneliness is a small price to pay, and anyway, "Why would he want to associate with those so much lower than himself?" When a bird questions his choices and tells him of an old woman "even we birds look up to," the young man sets off to find her. Ultimately her counsel moves him: "Being seen and being great are not the same thing.... To be great is not to be seen by, but to truly see, others." Didactic and clich‚d, Evans's (The Christmas Box) text does little to engage young readers. The illustrations fare better. The Chinese setting affords an exotic flavor in Linton's realistic oil paintings, and the character studies are a deft mix of light and shadow played out with strong brush strokes and vivid color. All ages. (Nov.)Christmas Box House, a facility for abused and neglected children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481431110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481431118
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
While Richard Paul Evans' new tale is lovely to read, the gorgeous illustrations are what truly make this book magical. Jonanthan Linton's illustrations are beautiful, inspiring and breathtaking. His realistic paintings are full of color and light. My favorite is of the old woman as she faces the man...you can see the goodness radiating from her face! I have purchased two other Richard Paul Evans' books solely because the illustrations are so amazing! They are, THE DANCE and THE SPYGLASS...most impressive!!
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By A Customer on October 26, 2001
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I really admire Richard Paul Evans writing because this original story feels like you're reading a classic folk tale. The story of a man learning to share with others, and put his vanity behind him has never been more timely. Children and adults should take this story to heart. The art is stunning.
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What a great story. I opened it when our youngest grandson, who is 8, was here, and he really enjoyed it. Not only that, I was surprised when I asked him some questions about the book that he understood the theme. (Having been a teacher, I try to do that with our grandsons) Yes, excellent book.
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This Author is amazing, whether he is writing for young adults or children or even adults his work is absolutely breath taking. all of my family enjoys Richard's books and we will be a fan till he no longer writes!!
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I Love the story and Richard Paul Evans. I was dissapppointed it the condition of the book when it arrived. The description did not say anyting about any damage to the binding of the book. The binding was very wrinkled and crushed. Not real excited about this since there was no description of it. The rating of the condition was "like new" when I ordered it. It was mailed in a manilla envelope. I think it should have been in a box or at least had bubble wrap around it.
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Jonathan Linton provides the illustrations for this story of a young man who wants to be well-known in his village. He constructs a tower which reaches into the sky so all will look up to him - but finds his position a lonely one until fate intervenes. Good reading skills or parental assistance required.
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I love all 5 of Richard Paul Evans books for children. I often buy them as Christmas gifts. Wish he would write more.
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By Evelyn on December 15, 2009
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I love the book. It is wonderful just like all of Richard Paul
Evans books. I haven't read a book of his yet that I didn't like. He is a wonderful author.
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