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Posted March 21, 2010
5 Chinese brothers got company
Old school Five Chinese Brothers get company with the Seven Chinese sisters. I volunteer to read to second graders every Tuesday.
I read the Five Chinese Brothers and they liked it so I saw this one and picked it up. Kids dug it. I made up a sheet to go with the read asking the kids which number brother or sister they are and what super power they have. The book is simple but the kids enjoyed it.
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Posted March 10, 2009
Posted May 20, 2006
Seven stars if I could
Young readers will live Seven Chinese Sisters. Like other updates of older fairy tales and folktales, the seven Chinese sisters is a politically correct version of an old story. The original story pit five Chinese brothers against the emperor (The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop, first published in 1938). The basics of the story remain the same: the unique, sometimes strange, abilities of each member of a group or family can help resolve a situation. The artwork uses color and pattern to highlight story elements. Each sister wears a blue kimono, but each with a unique patter befitting each sister¿s unique ability. The land is tranquil blues and greens, which contrast well against the bold red of the action elements: the dragon and the first sister¿s scooter. The story praises individuality and personal strength, and shows string female characters in a positive light. It avoids the stereotypes used by the original Five Chinese Brothers book, in which the brothers are yellow-skinned with slants for eyes. The illustrator, Grace Lin, is clearly aware of how to avoid poor stereotyping like this. The book lends itself to young reader class discussions and lesson plans, including exploring your own special abilities, or how other abilities might have also worked in this storyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2010
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