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Tan, Amy

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ISBN 10: 0027888304 / ISBN 13: 9780027888300
Published by Macmillan, 1992
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first prnt. Illustrated by Gretchen Shields. Inscribed by Tan on the half-title page. "To Danielle, More magic words. Amy Tan." Shields has drawn a Chinese dragon on the page and signed below her drawing and wrote below that "lucky Tiger Tracks 10.16.92." Small abrasion on the front free endpage caused by a sticker removal; dustjacket with few small edge wrinkles. Near Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 91419

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Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Gretchen Shields

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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While sailing on Tai Lake with her family during the Moon Festival, Ying-ying, impatient to have the Moon Lady grant her secret wish, falls out of the boat and embarks on an exciting and fantastical adventure. 100,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.

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Grade 4-6-- This is a reworking of a story from the author's adult novel, The Joy Luck Club (Putnam, 1989). Here it is set in the frame of a grandmother regaling her three granddaughters on a rainy afternoon with a tale from her childhood. On the evening of the Moon Festival, she is separated from her family, and goes through several fascinating and scary adventures until she is finally reunited with them. Tan has a good tale here, and she retells it well for children: while the story is in progress, it is told from the child's point of view; at beginning and ending frames, the grandmother's voice is used. The illustrations are an integral part of this version and can best be described as phantasmagorical or Chinese baroque. They are extremely detailed, providing both accurate cultural detail of the period (the tale is set somewhere in the two decades after the fall of the Qing Dynasty, i.e., the 1920s or '30s) and a child's romantic imaginings. Primary colors reign in the 12 sumptuous full-page pictures, as well as in the smaller vignettes that pepper and punctuate the narrative. A successful collaboration of compelling text and absorbing illustrations that will make young readers crave more. --John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library
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