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The Tower

A Story of Humility
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This Far Eastern-flavored tale from Christian writer Richard Paul Evans (The Christmas Box) teaches a simple lesson of humility: in the words of a wise, old woman, "To be great is not to be higher than another, but to lift another higher."

Evans's storytelling pluck and homespun wisdom are in ample evidence here, as a young villager decides (à la Yertle the Turtle) that if he can only look down on enough people, he will become truly great. So the man constructs a platform and eventually the eponymous tower, only to find that--as with all time-honored stories about reaching too high--it doesn't work.

As befits the Evans ethic, the story ends with a shot at redemption, and Jonathan Linton's vivid, photorealistic illustrations (though jarring at first) ably convey the young man's subtle transformation. (A sequel of sorts to The Christmas Candle, a story of charity, and The Spyglass, a story of faith.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Hardback Editions

November 2001 : USA Hardback

Title: The Tower: A Story of Humility
Author(s): Richard Paul Evans
ISBN: 0-689-83467-5 / 978-0-689-83467-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Paperback Editions

April 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: The Tower: A Story of Humility
Author(s): Richard Paul Evans
ISBN: 1-4814-3111-0 / 978-1-4814-3111-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aladdin
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