by Tomi Ungerer
Thumbs up. Mostly.
This basic color and silhouette style illustrations appeal to even the youngest children. The prose is also quiet simple, with a lilt of rhythm that makes it fun to read.
The story shows, perhaps, the redemptive quality of love and goodness. But might also appear to support the mentality of taking from the rich and giving to the poor.
The plot has some cute turns but the story ends somewhat abruptly. I always find myself turning the final page expecting that bit more closure.