A first-rate morality tale
This is a wonderful story about how a boy evolves from being selfish, mean and rude to being generous, giving and friendly with the aid of a sympathetic circus clown. It's a good primer for people of all ages on the benefits of generosity as opposed to selfishness, and how you're happier when you're more giving and considerate of others, because you earn more love, friendship and acceptance that way. I would highly recommend this book to any child, or any parent who wishes to teach their children how to relate well to others with a touching tale. Too bad it's so long out of print, but get it if you can!