I don't understand the hype of this book at all. A fable? A novel? It falls short of a complete story but is way too long to be considered a fable. The moral was so simplistic and I found it rather boring. The best thing I could say about this book is that the writing wasn't bad and there were hints of magic to the story that I did enjoy (although each time it ended so abruptly making the magic seem contrite). Sorry, this one was not for me. Thankfully it was short enough not to be a time waster.