K-Gr 3- In this Chinese version of "Puss in Boots," a young man is called King Pom because he owns a grand pomegranate tree. When a fox is caught stealing its fruit, he strikes a bargain. The fox arranges for King Pom to be rescued from the river and presented to the Emperor as a rich man, unfortunately attacked by robbers. The Emperor likes the young man and thinks he'd be a good catch for his daughter, but the suspicious Prime Minister accompanies King Pom back home to see his palace. The fox runs ahead, persuading herdsmen with camels and grooms with magnificent horses to say they belong to King Pom. The fox then tricks a fierce ogre who lives in a splendid palace into changing shapes-first into a tiger and then into a green bug, which the fox squashes. The Prime Minister believes the palace is King Pom's, so all ends well for the young man, the princess, and the fox. Souhami's bright, uncluttered collages are made of Ingres papers adorned with watercolor, ink, and pencil and lightly positioned on creamy backgrounds. The collage of the ogre as a fierce tiger is stunning and fairly leaps off the page. The spareness of the text matches the simplicity of the artwork, and, like all good fairy tales, it begs to be read aloud. Compare this variant to Charles Perrault's Puss in Boots with Fred Marcellino's elegant artwork (Farrar, 1990). This is a solid choice for fairy-tale collections and a boon to storytimes.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
King Pom and the Foxby Jessica Souhami (Illustrator)
Li Ming looks so proud guarding his one pomegranate tree that people laugh and call him 'King Pom'. But when Li Ming catches a big red fox stealing a pomegranate and the fox makes a deal with him - "Get me out of here and I'll make you rich!" - the laughing stops. For the smooth-tongued fox uses his craft and daring to spin tales that will bring Li Ming fine
Li Ming looks so proud guarding his one pomegranate tree that people laugh and call him 'King Pom'. But when Li Ming catches a big red fox stealing a pomegranate and the fox makes a deal with him - "Get me out of here and I'll make you rich!" - the laughing stops. For the smooth-tongued fox uses his craft and daring to spin tales that will bring Li Ming fine clothes, magnificent horses, a splendid palace ... and the hand of a princess in marriage! This ancient, action-packed Chinese version of Puss-in-Boots, featuring a fox instead of a cat, together with an ogre and a tiger, will delight young readers.
- Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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- Edition description:
- First Trade Paper Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 9.00(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages!, In the Dark, Dark Wood, Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby, Leopard's Drum, No Dinner!, Rama and the Demon King, The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen, The Little, Little House, Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn and King Pom and the Fox. Jessica lives in North London.
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