Title: The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Publisher: Lodestar Books (1990), New York
Publication Date: 1990
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed By Illustrator
Edition: First Edition.
First edition (first printing). Signed by both illustrators on title page, dated 1990. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket has faded spine, else fine in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 30001
Synopsis: Coveting a mandarin duck for his magnificent plumage, a greedy Japanese lord captures and cages him for all to admire. But the wild drake pines for his mate. Some compassionate servants release the drake to go to his mate, but are sentenced to death for it--and the drake comes to their rescue. Watercolor and pastel paintings illuminate this Japanese folktale.
Review: A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord who wants to show off the bird's magnificent plumage. But the wild creature pines for his mate. When Yasuko, the kitchen maid, releases the bird against her lord's command, she and the one-eyed servant, Shozo, are sentenced to death. The grateful bird intends to return their kindness, but can he outsmart the cruel lord?
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year.
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