The Emperors Painting: A Story of Ancient China (Read-It! Chapter Books: Historical Tales)

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Han Li thinks he is the smartest poet and most talented painter in China. His master, Lin Cho, tries to warn him about his arrogance, but Han Li does not listen. When Lin Cho becomes ill before he can finish his painting for the emperor, what will Han Li do?

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Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

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Grade 2–5—Sassy, graphic-novel-style illustrations give these great little first chapter books extra appeal. Each one tells its story—that of an arrogant artist's apprentice (Painting), a fisherboy with low self-esteem (Dragon), the garrulous daughter of a wealthy silk merchant (Silk Road), and an outspoken orphan girl (Terracotta Girl)—against the backdrop of some aspect of Chinese culture. Thus readers learn about scroll painting, jiao di wrestling, the silk trade, and Emperor Qin's terracotta soldiers. While this is by no means an unusual formula, it is one that is seldom seen in first chapter books, and rarely executed with such verve: the characters learn their lessons (often with help from the words of Confucius) and children learn about China without ever feeling hit over the head. Wonderful introductions to historical fiction.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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