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Korean Children's Favorite Stories

Korean Children's Favorite Stories

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by Kim So-Un, Jeong Kyoung-Sim
     
 

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This colorfully illustrated multicultural Korean children's book presents Indian fairy tales and other folk stories—providing insight into a rich literary culture.

Korean Children's Favorite Stories is a captivating collection of Korean folktales for children which are still being told, just as they have been for generations. Some are

Overview

This colorfully illustrated multicultural Korean children's book presents Indian fairy tales and other folk stories—providing insight into a rich literary culture.

Korean Children's Favorite Stories is a captivating collection of Korean folktales for children which are still being told, just as they have been for generations. Some are Korean-specific, while others echo those told in other countries. Written with wit and pathos, they unveil the inevitable foibles of people everywhere and expose the human-like qualities of animals and the animal-like qualities of humans.

Pulsating with the rhythm of life and the seasons, these Korean fables transport the reader to a wonderland where ants talk, a baby rabbit outwits a tiger, a tree fathers a child, and a toad saves a whole village.

Korean stories include:

  • The Story Bag
  • The Pheasant, the Dove, and the Magpie
  • The Bridegroom's Shopping
  • The Bad Tiger
  • The Great Flood
  • The Pumpkin Seeds
  • The Grateful Tiger
  • The Three Princesses
  • And more…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After collecting the literature of Japan and Bali, author Kim So-un and artist Jeong Kyoung-Sim introduce a host of characters in Korean Children's Favorite Stories, including a wily old woman who outwits "The Bad Tiger" and, in "The Pumpkin Seeds," a pair of brothers-one proud, one humble-who get their just deserts. Smoky watercolors bring other creatures, such as demons and snakes, to life as well. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-These 13 tales first appeared in Story Bag: A Collection of Korean Folk Tales (Tuttle, 1955; o.p.) and have been newly illustrated. Though no source notes are included, an introduction by the author speaks to the authenticity of the selections. The collection includes elements shared by many cultures, such as a flood story, and others with a unique sensibility. A variety of animals appear, including tigers, both good and bad, and snakes, depicted as dragons. The delicate watercolor illustrations make the stories accessible to children, and the square format and the calligraphic quality of the titles contribute to the overall sense of design. Appropriately, the opening tale speaks to the importance of sharing stories, and this collection succeeds in making these little-known offerings accessible to a new audience.-Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"This collection of 13 Korean folktales was originally published in 1955 as The Story Bag. Kyoung-Sim's new watercolor illustrations, filled with animals, demons, and resourceful folk, make this edition much more attractive, and the short, straightforward retellings are well suited for independent reading as well as for reading aloud." —Booklist

"This collects succeeds in making these little-known offerings accessible to a new audience." —School Library Journal

"This book is full of traditional folktales from Korea. It always amazes me how folktales can give you an idea about the culture of a country. The stories include the animals and a bit about life in the country as well as some of the fantasies and legends." —Crafty Moms Share

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462908165
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
11/06/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
5 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Kim So-un was an eminent Korean storyteller and a specialist in Korean poetry and folklore. A former journalist for a major newspaper and chief editor of the Korean Children's Educational Institute, he published some two dozen books during his lifetime, including anthologies of poetry, folk tales, folklore, folk songs and critical essays. Kim So-un is the author of Korean Children's Favorite Stories.

Artist:
Jeong Kyoung-Sim

is a graduate of the College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University. She has illustrated five books for children and three for adults. In her work she uses traditional colors and painting methods to express a sense of Korean aesthetics. Jeong Kyoung-Sim is the illustrator of Korean Children's Favorite Stories.

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