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Tekijän teokset

Merkitty avainsanalla

Yleistieto

Sukupuoli
female

Jäseniä

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Young readers are introduced to the idea of fables, and then given 13 examples of them. First, the story of how the Chinese zodiac, with its 12-year cycle of animals, was developed way back when is presented. Then, each animal of the zodiac stars in its own story, either one from traditional Chinese tales or a modified version of one of Aesop's famous fables. Each story (but not the introduction) is presented in English and simplified Chinese. There is also a link at the end of the book to find the stories read aloud online. (The quality of these seems to be so-so, but it can be helpful for readers who are learning to read either English or Chinese and would benefit from hearing some words aloud).

As fables are wont to be, the stories are moralistic, although they vary in how heavy handed the messages are meted out. I enjoyed learning how my birth-year animal got added to the zodiac's roster and snort-laughed at its antics in its stand-alone story. I can imagine that other readers will also have fun in finding their animals in the pages of the book. Each story is fairly brief (only a few pages, with bilingual text and illustrations filling out the pages) so the book reads quickly. Indeed, I sat down and read it cover to cover in one short sitting.

The watercolor and pencil illustrations are quite striking and make for a lovely addition to complement the text.
… (lisätietoja)
½
 
Merkitty asiattomaksi
sweetiegherkin | Jun 17, 2024 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.
 
Merkitty asiattomaksi
fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |

Tilastot

Teokset
10
Jäseniä
51
Suosituimmuussija
#311,767
Arvio (tähdet)
½ 4.3
Kirja-arvosteluja
2
ISBN:t
14
Kielet
1

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