Grandfather Tang's Story

Grandfather Tang's Story

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by Ann Tompert, Robert A. Parker
     
 

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"Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies. Parker's pen-and-watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insets will motivate children to try their own versions."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.  See more details below

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"Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies. Parker's pen-and-watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insets will motivate children to try their own versions."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here's a folktale with a twist: Tompert uses tangrams, a traditional ``visual aid'' employed by Chinese storytellers, to spin a tale about two shape-changing fox fairies. Seven ``tans'' (standard-sized pieces of a square) are arranged and rearranged to represent various characters in the story. The fox fairies vie to outdo each other--the first one becomes a rabbit, the other a dog who chases him, and so on--but when the two chase each other right into danger, they finally have to set their competition aside and pull together. Parker's graceful, impressionistic illustrations have a gentle Oriental flavor, and the constantly changing tangram configurations add a novel touch. A traceable tangram is provided at the end for do-it-yourselfers. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Little Soo and her grandfather make up a series of stories about two fox fairies who can change their shapes. Of course, they use tangrams to tell these tales. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Little Soo and Grandfather Tang shift the shapes of their tangrams to tell a story of the magical fox fairies. These fairies challenge each other to a shape changing game. Kids interested in tangrams may find this intriguing.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-- Two competitive fox fairies go through rapid physical transformations until a hunter's arrow reminds them of their true friendship. This original tangram tale is framed by the loving relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter as they share the story under the shade of an old tree, and culminates in a tangram of an old man and a girl likewise resting. Tangrams, ancient Chinese puzzles in which a square is cut into seven traditional pieces (each called a tan), are arranged into patterns used to help tell the story. Parker's watercolor washes complement the text, adding energy and tension, as well as evoking oriental brushwork technique. However, the text is strong enough to stand on its own, and will be valued by storytellers and listeners alike. --Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517572726
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/17/1990
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
763,395
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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