Tan Tan is a wealthy boy who wants for nothing. He loves playing under his tree in the yard, so one day when a boy named Ping starts to sit under Tan Tan’s tree, Tan Tan yells at him to go away. Ping offers to pay for the shade of the tree. Tan Tan loves money and agrees, and quickly realizes that it was a mistake because Ping moves his animals and friends wherever the shade falls (sometimes in Tan Tan’s home). After getting annoyed, Tan Tan moves away all alone and Ping shares the beautiful home with everyone (including Tan Tan when he wants to play).
The illustrations are adorable. The message about not selling something for nothing and the message of sharing are well depicted and simple enough for the youngest reader. Demi’s book are well done and this is no exception.
EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.