Ch'i-Lin Purse: A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories

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A Storytelling World magazine award winner

In turns funny, poignant, and wise, these nine lively stories are peopled with an array of unusual characters, including a young woman raised as a boy who is then faced with the complicated business of marriage; a carp-fish spirit who changes herself into a young woman for love's sake; a Miracle Doctor who can cure all illnesses except one; and a shopkeeper who learns the hard way the true meaning of ...

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Overview

A Storytelling World magazine award winner

In turns funny, poignant, and wise, these nine lively stories are peopled with an array of unusual characters, including a young woman raised as a boy who is then faced with the complicated business of marriage; a carp-fish spirit who changes herself into a young woman for love's sake; a Miracle Doctor who can cure all illnesses except one; and a shopkeeper who learns the hard way the true meaning of justice.

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"Reading The Ch'i-lin Purse is like holding a wondrous jewel in the palm of your hand." —Jay O'Callahan, storyteller

"Filled with warmth, kindness, and the true human spirit. Everyone will be touched by the characters of these stories." —Voice of Youth Advocates

"A professional storyteller, Fang uses the tales she heard, read, and loved as a child in Shanghai. Now she has written down nine of those stories whose origins are legends, novels, and operas hundreds of years old. Dramatic, humorous, and touching by turns, the stories often concern difficulties overcome by characters who are kind or clever, or both...A fine, flavorful collection." —Starred, Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW found these nine tales derived from classic Chinese operas and novels (often involving several twists of fate or reversals of fortune) "nimbly told" with "strong ambiance." Ages 8-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susan Hoyle Fournier
A professional storyteller, Fang has collected nine stories that were told to her as a young child. Taken from different periods in Chinese history, each story reflects the values and customs of each particular time period and governing dynasty. The stories chronicle the adventures of many characters including two brides who marry on the same day, a carp fish who changes herself into a woman, and a woman who is raised as a boy. Each celebrates the ultimate goodness of the human spirit. The soft black and white illustrations are a beautiful compliment to each of the stories. This collection would bean excellent addition to a world history curriculum as well as an aide in teaching the art of storytelling.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-A collection of 10 Chinese stories derived from the history of the Warring States Period (770-221 B.C.E.) and from operatic versions of popular tales. Retellings are vivid, lively, and read aloud well. Many have a moral, and all are entertaining; some, like the eponymous story, are quite moving. ``The Two Miss Peonys'' has appeared in its Sino-Vietnamese version in Lynette Vuong's The Golden Carp (Lothrop, 1993). A list of sources with Fang's commentary is appended, including admission of any changes-in all but one case minor-to the original material. A pronunciation guide and glossary appear in the back of the book. In the former, the author explains with specious reasoning her misguided decision to use the antiquated, inaccurate Wade-Giles transcription for Chinese names and terms; even on its own terms, this guide leaves lots unexplained. Also, defining Chinese terms in a glossary instead of in context only impedes the narrative flow. The black-and-white illustrations-one per selection-are graceful, depicting widely different epochs with amazing accuracy. Except for the aforementioned flaws, this is a charming collection.-John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374411893
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 362,415
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.65 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    !!!!!This Book Is Awesome!!!!!

    You'll love the book because of all its' helpful messages. Some of the stories may be touching to you and entertaining as well. I recomend this book because it can be a new reading experice for readers who like to read different kinds of books. Please give this book a chance , you will not regret it . I almost passed this book by because I thought it was going to be boring. I'm glad I didn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    Worth every penny!

    This book is wonderful, filled with good moral & my kids love reading it! I hope the author will have another book out soon, it's hard to find books that are both interesting AND teach good values!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

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    I got this book autographed by Linda at my elementry school, Stoneleigh a couple years ago. I didnt read until recently and I must say, it is GREAT. It is entertaining and enriched with chinese culture

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    a reviewer

    I read this book in the sixth grade, and I have to say, it's awesome. I guess I found out more folklores from my heritage.^^ I especially love the one about the Ch'I-Lin purse. Recommended for anyone interested in Chinese folklores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    What a book!

    I just have to say, that this book is the best book of Chinese culture that I have EVER read. I am only 12 years old, but this book grabs my attention sooooo fast, it is just amazing. I started reading this book as a class assignment, but now I am reading it for fun. I would recommend this book for anyone from the age of 6 to 100, it teaches you good morals, and lets you learn about the Chinese Culture at the same time.

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