Imitating the style of an old fashioned Chinese fable, Evan Hunter's moral tale lacks brevity and the delicacy of Oriental illustrations. Its portrayal a poor-rich king has too many familiar echoes in the annals of fairy tales the world over. Tinki-San, the king in question, feels unloved because his people event. the beautiful jeweled button on his cape. In the forest away from greed and envy, i.e, ., friends Ling who teaches him the joys of nature and who puts his wonderful button to a useful purpose, as bait for fishing. Dressed in a plain cape, Tinki-San returns to the palace. When his subjects recognize him as the ordinary man he is, they feel elevated to the status of kings. Allegorical meanings will penetrate some and elune others.