Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThis Korean folktale, according to an introductory note, is adapted from a longer story that originated in India many centuries ago. Han's lively retelling, presented with a simultaneous Korean translation, offers ample proof that the tale has splendidly survived the test of time and cultural transition. Heo's intricate, highly original illustrations, at once sophisticated and primitive, provide the perfect complement, scattering elongated figures large and small across full pages (and several full spreads). The plot centers on a turtle sent to fetch a rabbit for the Dragon King of the East Sea, whose illness can be cured only by ingesting a rabbit's liver. When the rabbit learns why he has been brought to the underwater kingdom, he cleverly convinces the ruler that he has left his liver behind, whereupon the turtle brings him back to land to retrieve it. All ends happily in this animated fable, a worthy follow-up to Han and Heo's impressive first collaboration, The Rabbit's Judgment. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Rae ValabekThis folktale came to Korea from India in the fourth century. The text is printed in Korean with the English translation following. The rabbit plays the same role as Anansi the spider in African tales and the wolf in European folktales, that of a clever trickster. The unusual pictures add to the magic of a kingdom beneath the sea.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink RoffinoOffering a fanciful explanation of the medicinal value of ginseng root, this is the story of rabbit's resourcefulness under pressure.
School Library JournalK-Gr 3-In this gratifying version of a familiar folktale, trickery is exposed, faithfulness is rewarded, and the ailing Dragon King is cured via some ginseng root. The primitive, stylized artwork transports readers to a magical kingdom under the sea. (June 1995)
Leone McDermottThis adaptation of a Korean folktale is bilingual, with text appearing in both Korean and English. When the Dragon King of the East Sea falls ill, the court physician declares the only cure to be the liver of a rabbit. The loyal turtle volunteers to fetch one and tempts the rabbit with tales of the dazzling sea kingdom and a promise of meeting the Dragon King. But when the rabbit recognizes the trap, he escapes by using a clever and traditional ruse: he claims to have left his liver at home and offers to go get it. After the rabbit's escape, a god appears to the disconsolate turtle and gives him ginseng roots, which cure the Dragon King and many others besides. The tale is illustrated with large, whimsical paintings in pencil and oil. Characters are drawn in a two-dimensional, naive style against backgrounds of swirling sea creatures. Brief notes provide information on both the original folktale and the Korean alphabet.
- Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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- 10.36(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.45(d)
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- 5 - 8 Years
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