Why the Oyster Has the Pearl


Why the Oyster Has the Pearl


A trickster tale about generosity. A long time ago, the Oyster was not only generous and kind; he was also the keeper of all the gems in the world. Whenever any type of creature would come to him in need, the Oyster would share his jewels without hesitation. One day, a snake hatches a plan to shift the balance of wealth in the sea. But the snake is in for a surprise when he learns a lesson about the consequences of his greed.

Age Range: 5-8 years
Grade Level: K – 3
Release Date: September 28, 2011
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1455614608

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"Like a Greek myth, Johnette Downing's charming tale highlights the dangers of greed and the rewards of generosity."
-George Rodrigue, artist

"Johnette Downing's vibrant storytelling makes every book a celebration between covers."
-Chere Coen, Louisiana author and journalist

"Take what you need and leave the rest," is the refrain of this original trickster tale. In the old days, all of the world's wealth was kept by the Oyster. Anyone who requested jewels that he guarded was met with the same generous refrain, and they took only what they needed. But what happens when Snake takes more than needed and that balance is threatened? Will the Oyster shed his gentle nature or will the treacherous Snake choke on his own greed? - Good Reads