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Because a young man will not pass on the stories he is told by an old servant, the spirits of the stories, having nowhere to go, live in a cramped leather bag, where they plan a spiteful revenge for the young man on his wedding day
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Grade 1-4-- Selfishly, a Kampuchean boy refuses to repeat to his friends the tales of old Kampuchea that the family servant told him every evening, thereby forcing the spirits of the stories to live as prisoners in a leather bag. Years pass, and the young man prepares to marry. The spirits, angered by their captivity and jealous of the young man's approaching happiness, plot their revenge. On the day before the wedding, the servant hears the spirits make their plans to harm the bridegroom and successfully protects him. Repenting of his selfishness, the young man releases the spirits by retelling the tales. A well-told, clever story, this folktale also offers a lesson in the importance of sharing and maintaining the links in the storytelling chain. Much action is depicted in each colorful illustration. The overall impression is decidedly Cambodian, and those who inspect the pages closely will find a wealth of detail expressive of Kampuchean style and culture. --Susan Middleton, LaJolla Country Day School, CA
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Book Description Peter Bedrick Books, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0872264459
Book Description Peter Bedrick Books, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0872264459