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The Tale Of The Mandarin Ducks

Paterson, Katherine. Illust. by Leo & Diane Dillon

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ISBN 10: 0525672834 / ISBN 13: 9780525672838
Published by E. P. Dutton, New York, NY, 1990
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Fine in a fine DJ; SIGNED BY AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATORS on the title page. Tale of a captured mandarin drake pining for his mate, who is released from captivity by the kitchen maid, later then sentenced to death. The drake and his mate return to outsmart the lord who captured the drake in the first place. Wonderful story with outstanding illustrations by the Dillons, ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; Signed by Author & Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 9995

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Title: The Tale Of The Mandarin Ducks

Publisher: E. P. Dutton, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover; First Printing

Illustrator: Illustrated by Dillon, Leo & Diane

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A pair of mandarin ducks, separated by a cruel lord who wishes to possess the drake for his colorful beauty, reward a compassionate couple who risk their lives to reunite the ducks.


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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