The Shady Tree

Written and Illustrated by Demi

A beautiful companion to Demi’s classic The Empty Pot.

In this new Chinese fable, Ping returns and deals with the selfish and greedy Tan Tan, who owns a beautiful house and a beautiful shady tree, but who does not share. Ping turns Tan Tan’s greed into his own gain, but even with his new-found wealth, Ping is true to his generous nature― there is room for everyone. Simply told and beautifully illustrated, The Shady Tree is sure to become a classic.–From the Publisher.

Demi is one of my favorite author/illustrators and this story does not disappoint. An excellent book to read aloud and discuss sharing and kindness. Students who like folk tales will enjoy this.

Review by Jessica Riggs, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-3

The Shady Tree
Written and Illustrated by Demi
Henry Holt and Company
32 pages
Release Date: October 25, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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3 thoughts on “The Shady Tree”

  1. Laura Schmidt

    I love reading folktales to my students because a lot of times they’re different from any other books they’ve read. This sounds like a great one to share!

  2. Teresa Edmunds

    I enjoyed “The Empty Pot” but had not heard of this book. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  3. Christine Fotheringham

    Demi is wonderful and I love “The Empty Pot” and “One Grain of Rice”. This title sounds like it will be a classic also. Like Laura said above, sharing folktales with students is a great way broaden their horizons. I have a few teachers that read Demi’s books to their students, so “The Shady Tree” will definitely be found in our library soon.

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