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How the Ox Star Fell from Heaven

Hong, Lily Toy

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ISBN 10: 0807534285 / ISBN 13: 9780807534281
Published by Albert Whitman & Co
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Title: How the Ox Star Fell from Heaven

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fair

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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A Chinese folk tale which explains why the ox was banished from heaven to become the farmer's beast of burden

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PreSchool-Grade 6-- In early times, oxen led luxurious lives in heaven while people toiled ceaselessly on earth. Wishing to improve the lot of the farmers a bit, the Emperor of All the Heavens mandates that people should eat once every three days and entrusts the Ox Star with the delivery of this decree. Although strong, the Ox Star is not very bright, so the message comes out, "You shall eat three times a day, everyday." Enraged, the heavenly administrator banishes all oxen to earth as beasts of burden. Ostensibly a myth explaining a point of cosmology, this Chinese folktale has elements of the Prometheus myth as well as touches of satire. Hong's gouache and acrylic illustrations are truly splendid. Bright, bold, and inventive, they combine traditional motifs with modern techniques to illuminate and expand the text. The judicious use of color and the careful composition make each page a perfect complement without interrupting the flow of the whole. The whimsical characters satisfy the needs of the story and the eye; the blase expressions on the oxen's faces tickle the funnybone, yet add a depth to their resignation. In short, an impressive debut and a delight fallen from heaven. --John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library
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