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Children's LiteratureArtistic illustrations and an excellent text introduce children to the rich world of Korea. Korean culture is steeped in colorful myths and ancient traditions. The first human king of Korea, Dan-gun, was born of a divine being and a beautiful woman, who was once a bear! Legend has it that Dan-gun ruled the country for 1500 years, and then became a mountain spirit. Long ago Korea's mountain farmers lived in the same vicinity as wild tigers; today the white tiger serves as a symbol of protection for Koreans. There is plenty of folklore to draw children into the country; here, it is packaged in an attractive format. An excellent feature of this book is that it provides much information in a concise and interesting way. After a brief introduction, there are short chapters devoted to Korea's beginnings, the Korean flag, the alphabet, religious beliefs, celebrations, food, music, dance, the arts, and more. Readers will get a sense of Korean culture because the text touches on many facets of life in Korea, then and now. 2003, Shen's Books, Ages 7 to 12.
— Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.