Chinese Mythology

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Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Young children get a very brief glimpse into some aspects of Chinese mythology in this early reader, which also gives short overviews of philosophies such as Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. To his credit, Ollhoff offers some useful distinctions between Chinese mythology and other world mythologies, noting, for instance, that in contrast to Egyptian, Greek, and Aztec gods that were often mischievous and cruel to humans, most Chinese gods were well-behaved and functioned as role models to the humans who learned their stories. Yet the overall book is so short that children only get to read two heavily abbreviated myths of Pan Ku (a god whose body transformed into the heaven and the earth) and the Yellow Emperor (a human who was granted immortality for educating people about art and engineering). The text's sparseness is further revealed when Ollhoff devotes two pages to discussing the legendary Eight Immortals of Chinese myth, yet only describes three of the immortals. While the information gleaned from this book may intrigue young readers, the book itself a poor primer for those wishing to learn more about Chinese mythology. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617147180
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: World of Mythology
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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