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The Last King of Angkor Wat
by Graeme Base


Overview - Among the ruins of Angkor Wat, Tiger, Monkey, Water Buffalo, and Gecko argue over who would make the greatest king. An ancient elephant suggests a race to the top of the hill to prove each creature s speed, strength, and cunning. But along the way, their strengths and weaknesses are revealed.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Among the ruins of Angkor Wat, Tiger, Monkey, Water Buffalo, and Gecko argue over who would make the greatest king. An ancient elephant suggests a race to the top of the hill to prove each creature s speed, strength, and cunning. But along the way, their strengths and weaknesses are revealed. Will any of them be good enough to be king?Graeme Base s luscious illustrations of the Cambodian temple complex Angkor Wat one of the most beautiful ruins in existence and known to people all over the world are combined with a search-and-find feature in this exciting new tale A brief history of the temple is included.
Praise for "The Last King of Angkor Wat"
"This simple morality tale is lifted to loveliness by Base s gorgeous digital illustrations, majestic and richly colored, filled with characteristic detail and intricately bordered. These pages beckon readers to return again and again to pore over the details."
--"Kirkus Reviews""

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781419713545
  • ISBN-10: 141971354X
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 36
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Jungle Animals

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-06-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Base’s (Little Elephants) fable, four boastful animals discover they are not as virtuous as they thought they were. The Angkor Wat setting, luxuriously drafted and colored, supplies a bower of evocative scenes—sunlight sifting through jungle trees, the massive blocks of the temple ruins, and an elephant king who manifests before the four animals as they bicker about who would make the finest ruler. The elephant sets them a challenge: Tiger, Gecko, Water Buffalo, and Gibbon must all run to a distant temple. Each meets a threatening snake on the way, and each is further delayed by an additional obstacle; Tiger, for example, is asked to help a wounded bird. When the four arrive at their destination, the elephant judges them all. “One among you is clearly the mightiest,” he starts. “However, he ignored a call for help along the way. He lacks compassion.” The other animals’ performances are similarly weighed; none is worthy to reign. Whether readers learn to turn the same hard gaze upon themselves, Base’s exceptional illustrative powers will absorb their attention. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

 
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