Yes, this is a rebuttal to Amy’s post about Rumi by Demi. While I agree that particular book is not so great for kids, one should not write Demi off completely. We own two books by her, The Empty Pot and Liang and the Magic Paintbrush. Both of these are wonderful stories that teach children about morals and integrity without being too preachy. Both stories are adaptations of Chinese folk-tales. Demi’s illustrations look like ancient paintings on silk. They have the look and feel of authentic Chinese art.
We also have a book of poetry illustrated by Demi. The poems are all about insects and feature a variety of poets from Rumi to Shakespeare. The illustrations are vibrant and iridescent. The insects are more beautiful on the pages than they are in reality.
So, please , read Demi’s books to your children.