El Doctor Me Di Cin

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When Prince Ma La Di is ailing, his father summons Doctor Me Di Cin. The doctor prescribes a healthy dose of fresh air, but the prince refuses to leave the palace. Doctor Me Di Cin promises to find an herbal cure. Each day, he returns to the palace empty-handed but full of tantalizing news of all that he has seen. The prince is so intrigued by the reports that curiosity soon gets the best of him and outside he goes.

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When Prince Ma La Di is ailing, his father summons Doctor Me Di Cin. The doctor prescribes a healthy dose of fresh air, but the prince refuses to leave the palace. Doctor Me Di Cin promises to find an herbal cure. Each day, he returns to the palace empty-handed but full of tantalizing news of all that he has seen. The prince is so intrigued by the reports that curiosity soon gets the best of him and outside he goes.

Piet Grobler's watercolors include whimsical plants and birds drawn from Chinese folklore.

The son of the emperor of China is pale and weak, but when Doctor Me Di Cin tells him to go for a walk in the fresh air, the prince refuses, leaving it up to the clever doctor to trick him into going outside.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This picture book, unique for its lively caricatures, is set in long ago China. The emperor's son falls ill and the famous Doctor Mi Di Cin is called in to cure him. The doctor believes the best cure for the young prince is to leave the palace for some fresh air. The prince defies him because he feels he needs to work on his paintings, so the doctor is forced to come up with a plan to get the boy outside. Each day the doctor entices the boy by describing his search for curing herbs and the prince tries to draw what the doctor describes—"jumping roses, singing nettles, laughing plants." Finally, the boy's curiosity gets the better of him and he joins the doctor outside where he immediately begins to feel better. The illustrations are colorful and have the look of Asian art. There is not a great amount of text, which makes this a good read for early readers. 2001, Front Street/Lemniscaat, $15.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: Melissa A. Caudill
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This straightforward narrative tells of a reclusive Chinese prince who grows pale and thin from his sedentary lifestyle and recovers only when a clever doctor lures him outside the palace walls. Doctor Me Di Cin is sure that Prince Ma La Di needs nothing more than fresh air and exercise to feel better, but the boy insists on being cured with herbs instead. Me Di Cin pretends to comply. He spends three days "searching" for herbal remedies, but returns only with tantalizingly vague descriptions of what he sees throughout the countryside during his quest. The child finally succumbs to the doctor's subtle ploy-he simply has to see these wonders with his own eyes. The herbal remedies are forgotten, and the two of them embark on a lifelong friendship filled with long walks together. Piumini's message is not a subtle one, and it is made even less so by the contrived names of his protagonists. Nevertheless, the story pulls through. With one to two efficient sentences per page, it makes for a smooth choice for group sharing. Grobler's simple, evocative illustrations do a wonderful job of setting the tone throughout the story.-Catherine Threadgill, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Despite his eponymous name, a wise doctor tricks a sick prince into curing himself without herbs or medications. When the prince becomes ill, he calls for the healing of a doctor's herbs, but the doctor tells him that all he needs is some fresh air. The prince refuses, telling the doctor that he must stay inside to paint and sending him out into the countryside to find medicinal plants. The doctor returns three times, without the healing herbs, but with tales of the amazing things beyond the palace's walls. Intrigued, the prince finally agrees to go along on one of the doctor's walks and is "magically" cured. Wonderfully delicate ink-and-watercolor illustrations of the young Chinese prince and his doctor are a perfect match for the story. Torn-paper paintings that the prince creates add a three-dimensional quality to many of the pages. A delightful amusement with lovely and evocative artwork. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886910676
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.71 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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