Here are Dan-Gun, the first emperor, whose mother was a bear; Shim Chung, who sacrificed herself to the sea to restore her father's sight, and the magistrate who tried to steal the Dragon King's daughter. The traditional Korean tales in this collection are full of amazing events and characters. Sad, happy, romantic, and funny, together they bring vividly to life the magic of Korea.
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Grade 4-8?These 20 tales, for which no source notes are given, are for the most part clearly and pleasantly told, and are suitable for reading aloud or storytelling. They are not, however, as lively or attractive as similar stories published as individual picture books. "The Snail Woman" calls to mind Lawrence Yep's The Shell Woman and the King (Dial, 1993), and "The Distant Journey" is reminiscent of Rosalind Wang's The Fourth Question (Holiday, 1991). Similarities also exist between "The Hare's Liver" and Paul Galdone's The Monkey and the Crocodile (Clarion, 1987); "The Long-Nosed Princess" and Warwick Hutton's The Nose Tree (McElderry, 1981; o.p.); and between "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars" and the Grimms' "The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids." Two of the selections are earthy, with urination playing a major role in them. The volume also includes a story relating the mythical origins of Korea and an adequate retelling of the Asian tale about the weaver princess and the herdsman. Strictly additional.?Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library,
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110192741608