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Sing Lo, a wealthy boy living in Peking, goes to visit the late emperor's Imperial Elephant and tries to cheer him up.
Posted November 24, 2003
I love this story! So does my daughter. We read this book and admire the change that Sing-Lo experiences as he goes from 'taker' to 'giver.' Sing-Lo meets the emporer's elephant and makes it his personal quest to help the animal rest. A lovely tribute to the author's father, it is well-written and a great family read. The illustrations are a perfect compliment to this unique and valuable story. I recommend it to anyone with school-age kids.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2003
We received this beautiful book as a gift and enjoy reading it with our preschooler. The story introduces us to a young, wealthy, seemingly selfish little boy named Sing-Lo. He makes a journey to visit the famed Emporer's elephant only to discover that the animal is suffering since the death of his beloved master and as a result the elephant hasn't slept at all. The little boy makes a marvelous transition to caregiver when he makes it his personal mission to help the elephant rest. This was a timely story for our family as we begin to teach our little one what it means to be a gracious participant in society. This valuable lesson is taught with each reading. It broadens the little world of a child to understand how we all affect each other. How something, big or small, can make a positive difference in the lives of others. We love this book. The bold, vivid color of each illustration complements the magnificant text. I highly recommend this book for children of all ages. A beautiful book to send them to dreamland. And it's lesson was not lost on me either! Enjoy it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2003
Sun washed yet brilliant the unique illustrations of South African artist Jude Daly enhance this story of how a young boy learns to be helpful. Sing Lo is the son of one of the wealthiest merchants in Peking. He's a rather spoiled child who has been cosseted since birth. One day during an outing in his rickshaw Sing Lo becomes bored, and asks his driver, Li, what might be the greatest sight of all. Upon learning that this extraordinary sight might be the Imperial Elephant, Sing Lo determines that is precisely what he wishes to see. Cautioned by Li that the animal is reputed to be bad tempered since the death of the Emperor, Sing Lo decides to take him a gift of buns 'glazed with honey and sprinkled with poppy seeds.' When Sing Lo delivers them he learns that the elephant hasn't slept since the Emperor died. What can Sing Lo possibly do to bring rest to the unhappy animal, and is he willing to expend time and energy to bring comfort to another? This story, which is based on a bedtime tale told to the author by her father, is as relevant today as it was years ago.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.