Frances and Ginger Park The Royal Bee

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The Royal Bee

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Based on a true story, The Royal Bee is an elegantly written tale that pays tribute to a young boy's courage and strength of character. Song-ho is a young Korean boy destined by birth to a life of poverty. Barred from going to school--only the sons of wealthy families could attend--he dreams of learning to read and write. Then one day he hears the sound of a school bell and follows it deep into the valley. There, the school master turns him away, but Song-ho's boldness and determination earn him a chance at gaining an education nevertheless. Dramatically illustrated with richly textured oil paintings, the story offers glimpses of daily life in Korea a century ago--for both the rich and the poor.

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Frances Park and Ginger Park are sisters who also co-authored My Freedom Trip. They both live in the Washington, D.C. area.

Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang is the illustrator of Moon Festival by Ching Yeung Russell. He divides his time between his native China and New London, Connecticut.

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A hunger for knowledge to improve his lot and that of his mother prompts a young Korean boy to take a bold step in this tale that was inspired by the young life of the authors grandfather. Song-ho is a peasant boy in the late days of the Korean monarchy and he lives an impoverished life. His fisherman father is dead and his widowed mother must toil in the fields for a scant portion of grain. A school bell tolls deep in a neighboring valley, calling children of the well-to-do to school, a music that Song-ho understands as a ticket out of his family's dire circumstances. He boldly asks the master if he might attend the academy, is turned away, but hovers near the door to listen in. Eventually, the kind-hearted master acknowledges Song-hos presence and he is given a place in the class. Applying and proving himself, he wins the acceptance of his peers and takes first-place honors at the annual Royal Bee. Here, not only his intelligence shines, but his goodness and honesty as well. The low-key decency and the appealing strength of his humility make Sung-ho a strong character and more than just a do-good fabrication. Zhang's rich, exotic oils spread across two pages and are trimmed in a pale yellow line, giving them the look of paintings hanging on the wall. Text is set to one side or the other on a white background. The overall effect is stately and majestic, lending a sense of solemn importance to the story. (Picture book. 6-9)-- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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