Chinese Mythology Rocks!

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Chinese myths have been passed down through the oral tradition for thousands of years. In many Chinese tales, there is no clear separation between the mythical and the real, between heaven and earth. These myths weave together figures from conflicting time periods, differing religions and philosophies.

Author Irene Dea Collier, a native of China, has collected some of the most important traditional Chinese myths and presents them with an authentic appreciation for their unique ...

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Overview

Chinese myths have been passed down through the oral tradition for thousands of years. In many Chinese tales, there is no clear separation between the mythical and the real, between heaven and earth. These myths weave together figures from conflicting time periods, differing religions and philosophies.

Author Irene Dea Collier, a native of China, has collected some of the most important traditional Chinese myths and presents them with an authentic appreciation for their unique characters, landscapes, and philosophies. Each of the stories is enhanced by the expert commentary of scholars and specialists in Chinese literature.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marissa Wolf
Chinese Mythology Rocks! and Gods And Goddesses In Greek Mythology Rock! are two of the six books released in the Mythology Rocks! series for teens. Each book, focusing on a different culture, contains a map, an introduction with background information about the country of origin, and multiple myths, spanning an average of about four pages per tale. Each book has an appealing, brightly colored cover; nevertheless, the illustrations that appear throughout the book are not as dynamic. The collection of myths chosen for each book provides a good representation of the culture; teens will find them interesting, and perhaps, familiar. Helping to solidify the readers' understanding of each section, there is a short question-and-answer guide that breaks down key points, as well as a commentary section that has related quotes from notable experts in the field. The writing is simple, clear, and engaging. However, older teens interested in mythology may be put off by the simplicity of the series, and while the question-and-answer section is useful for teens using the books for school reports, it may deter pleasure readers. The series is recommended as an additional purchase for public libraries, as well as libraries looking for a good mythology series for middle school readers. (Mythology Rocks!) Reviewer: Marissa Wolf
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598453300
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Mythology Rocks!
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Map of Ancient China 8

1 Panku Creates the World 15

2 Nuwa Creates People 23

3 Fushi Teaches the People 31

4 Water War 42

5 Yu Rebuilds the Earth 52

6 The Grand Archer Yi 63

7 The Moon Goddess 73

8 The Unicorn's Prophecy 84

9 Monkey 95

10 The Pilgrimage 108

Glossary 120

Chapter Notes 122

Further Reading and Internet Addresses 126

Index 127

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