*2017 Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award
Kind-hearted Granny Lin has a beautiful peach tree growing in her front yard. After the blossoms fall and the fruit ripens, everyone wants a peach! She gives one to the squirrel, who tells the goats about it. The goats get three peaches, and they tell the tigers, who tell the elephants, and pheasants, and everyone else. All the animals in the land come running, and no one goes home hungry.
This simple story, strikingly illuminated in bright, pastel tones by the Japanese illustrator Gomi Taro and American illustrator Leo Lionni, combines entertainment and education in a tale of sharing and reward. The animals that eat the peaches carry the seeds to new homes, “paying it forward” until all the earth is in bloom.