Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now

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Children's Literature
Artistic 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.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Traditional and modern culture is explored in this attractively illustrated picture book for older readers. Beginning with a brief introduction to the history and politics of the country, Stickler then devotes one or two pages to various traditions and beliefs. The subjects are wide ranging, from food and fashion to taekwondo. The layout is balanced and visually pleasing. Chapter headings are written in Hangul, the Korean alphabet, and in English, both in a large elegant script. Each topic is accompanied by colorful, finely rendered watercolor illustrations or a small photograph or two. The writing style is quite sophisticated, with many instances where vocabulary or nuances of meaning may be lost on all but the most proficient readers. Despite this drawback, the book makes an excellent supplement to more general works.-Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885008220
  • Publisher: Shen's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Land of Morning Calm Ser.
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,408,020
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.83 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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