The Great Adventure of WO TI

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9780027937312: The Great Adventure of WO TI

Wo Ti, a carp in the pond on the grounds of the Summer Palace in Peking, experiences a terrible void in his life until he gets a chance to prove his guile against a marauding cat.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-- A fat carp living a privileged and protected life in the pond of the Summer Palace in Peking finds life curiously unsatisfying and somehow lacking. When a cat climbs the high palace walls, he finds himself in a culinary paradise and an element of fear is introduced into the hitherto peaceful garden. The wily carp, who has longed for some adventure, organizes his fellow fish to outwit the ever-more-brazen cat, who is subsequently caught by the palace gardeners and summarily ejected. Graceful watercolor illustrations portray a sense of the garden's serene perfection. Closeup perspectives underscore the story's subtle humor and make the book ideal for group sharing. In all, this has just enough drama and droll problem-solving to hold the attention of its intended audience. Children may even be able to predict just how the carp will hoodwink the smug Persian. An attractive choice for storytime. --Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

All is peaceful in the garden of Peking's Summer Palace; hunger is locked on the other side of the high walls until Kitti Ho, chased by a gang of boys and dogs, takes refuge inside. At first the cat contents himself with birds and the ``foolish little goldfish,'' so numerous that no one notices their loss. Growing bolder, he stalks even the mighty carp in the Emperor's pond. But the greatest carp, Wo Ti, who has been pining for he knows not what, makes a plan: posing as rocks, the carp will lure Kitti Ho to the middle of the pond. The plan works: the cat's floundering summons gardeners who summarily throw him out, leaving Wo Ti contented at last: he has had a real adventure. Zimelman tells his story with a leisurely grace that begs for sharing aloud; Downing's watercolors are colorful and pleasingly designed, with the cat--like many a fine villain--easily stealing the show. (Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright 1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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