A greedy man who thinks he owns everything, sets out to review his domain. He tells the flower, “You are mine,” and the flower agrees. Fausto declares the same to the sheep and the mountain, who also agree. But when Fausto sets out in a boat, things don’t go his way.
I’ve been a fan of Oliver Jeffers since reading ‘How to Catch a Star’ to my son a few years ago. The artwork in this book is lovely and as always, Jeffers’ tale is not a simple one – rather it’s one that prompts questions about ownership, greed and human rights. Considering the ending is not exactly a happy one, it’s also a book that should be read with a child, rather than simply passing it on as a gift – this is a book that requires discussion.
A beautifully made and well-imagined book for young and old.