Simon the baker is disheartened because everything he touches falls flat. He was once a happy, successful baker and then his two partners ran off with the money and Simon closed his shop and moved away to a new town where no one knew him. All the while he had been a baker in the old town, there had always been a special place in his heart for a little girl named Sally whose clothes were a collection of patches. She and her family were poor and Simon always gave her two loaves of bread for a penny. When Simon's barn is hit by lightning and his new egg business goes up in smoke, Sally appears and gives him some dried raspberries and tells him to plant them. Does Simon have new hope? The next morning he opens his door and finds row after row of raspberries rolling out into a "red sea." He jumps for joy and then heads to town to sell his wonderful raspberries. But, remember, Simon walks through life under a dark cloud. Is it possible his luck has changed? This is a wonderful tale about never giving up and also about being kind to others. The illustrations by Will Moses as always create a feeling of hope and warmth and happiness.