Long ago in old Japan a timid tiger and a forgetful magician lived high in the branches of a beautiful cherry tree. At first the townspeople welcomed the odd pair, but the magician, as he was absent-minded,- would invariably forget to stop his magic so that in time the tidy village became cluttered with his wondrous inventions. This, the townspeople thought, would never do. So they set about to net the tiger and capture the old man, who, by some magic, vanished. Once more the village was in order, but the cherry tree, dying of grief for its old inhabitants began to die. And only, the old man, realizing that the villagers were now wiser, was able to restore it, which he did so that he and the tiger and the cherry tree could live together happily ever after. Both in text and illustration, Glen Dines has captured that vigor and spontaneity which are so prominent in Japanese illustrated stories, combining them with his own uniquely vital style.