Demi The Artist and the Architect

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In ancient China a jealous artist plots to eliminate the favorite architect of the emperor.

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Grade 2-4-- A tale of envy, trickery, and talent used and misused, set in ancient China. Two gifted artisans enjoy the patronage of an appreciative Emperor until the artist's growing jealousy provokes a plan to send the architect to Heaven by fire. The architect uses his wits to avoid death while appearing to go along with the scheme, and turns the trick back on the artist. The open ending poses a question about forgiveness and offers a proverb to ponder about envious and generous spirits. The story is architectural itself in its sturdy design and careful embellishments, and it reads stiffly. As patterned and controlled as the text, the emblematic pictures offer tiny, meticulous figures arranged in formal compositions framed tidily on each page; lacquer red predominates. Altogether cerebral and deliberate, like a case study designed to elicit debate. --Karen Litton, London Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada
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There is room for both the architect and the artist in the Emperor's kingdom for a time, but eventually competitiveness impels the artist to concoct a scheme to eliminate his rival. He writes a letter that he claims is from the Emperor's dead father. When the Emperor asks the artist to help him interpret the "strange decorations and mystic writing," the artist explains that the Emperor is to send the architect to heaven to design a palace. The Emperor would comply, but the wily architect devises his own plan for revenge and escapes a fiery death. Once again Demi ( The Empty Pot ; The Magic Boat ) captivatingly presents a Chinese folktale with just enough text to tell the story and keep the interest of her young readers. Rendered in vibrant reds,stet comma and pale blues and yellows, her illustrations feature finely detailed buildings and costumes, all the while retaining a fresh, clean look. Ages 4-8.
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