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
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
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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