A fisherman catches a fish then throws it back when it speaks and begs for his life. When his wife finds out she sends him back to ask for a wish, a hut to replace the pigsty they live in. Her wish is granted, only to cause her greed to grow. She soon demands a castle, then to be king, emperor, and finally pope. Collage-style illustrations supplement spare text in this retelling of a popular folktale.
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Awards won: Parents' Choice Award, 2008
Date read: 7/7/2009