The Seeing Stick

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Overview

The same story that captivated readers in 1977 is back in a stunning new edition! Hwei Min, the only daughter of the emperor of China, has been blind since birth. Her father offers a reward to anyone who can find a cure for the little girl. It seems that no one from magicians to physicians can help her. Then, one day a wise old man with a mysterious seeing stick visits the princess. Will he be able to teach Hwei Min that there is more than one way to see the world?

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Overview

The same story that captivated readers in 1977 is back in a stunning new edition! Hwei Min, the only daughter of the emperor of China, has been blind since birth. Her father offers a reward to anyone who can find a cure for the little girl. It seems that no one from magicians to physicians can help her. Then, one day a wise old man with a mysterious seeing stick visits the princess. Will he be able to teach Hwei Min that there is more than one way to see the world?

Relates how an old man teaches the emperor's blind daughter to see.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Kiwi Magazine, October 2009
“Thirty plus years later, this inspirational book tells the story of a young emperor’s daughter without vision, who manages to ’see’ with her fingers and open up a whole new world. It’s a beautiful story and will offer children a perspective on our many senses and how we can use them to experience our world. The illustrations are glorious and could stand alone as a work of art.”

Smithsonian Pan Asian Pacific Studies’ “Book Dragon” blog, 10/09
“Without a doubt, the most remarkable part of this striking new edition of Jane Yolen’s 1977 title are the pictures… the tale comes to vibrant life with newcomer (this is only her second children’s title!) Daniela Terrazzini’s magical pictures…The transformation of Hwei Ming’s world, both in her story and on the actual page, is astonishing. Terrazzini’s talent truly presents a magical gift of technicolor sight.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/27/09
“Beautifully embossed pages invite young readers to trace their own fingertips across the page, learning how the princess "grew eyes on the tips of her fingers.”

TeachWithPictureBooks.com, 12/2/09
“I've read an incredible number of picture books, but the beauty of these pages was a surprise even for me. I was, quite literally, seeing the story in a new way.”

Biblio-voracious BlogSpot
“Terrazzini's illustrations are exquisite, and even if the story hadn't been written by the immensely talented Yolen, the pictures alone would make it a worthwhile purchase.”

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The protagonist of Yolen's picture book, Hwei Ming, is the daughter of an emperor who has also been blind from birth. She has been insulated from feelings, both emotional and sensuous, as well. Her father, who offers a reward for the person who can help her see, is surprised and doubtful when a ragged old man arrives with The Seeing Stick, a walking stick into which the blind man has carved the saga of his travels. And yet when he touches the child and aids her in "feeling" his story, another way of seeing is revealed to her. Charlip's illustrations echo the story's theme not only in the oriental theme, but as they transform from black and white to color when the princess' life is altered.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762420483
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 587,742
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the author of over two hundred books, including children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, and poetry. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? was on the New York Times bestseller list for five months. Yolen has three children and six grandchildren. She lives in Massachusetts.

Daniella Terrazzini studied photography at The London College of Printing and fine art painting in Milan. She has done illustrations for Chronicle Books and Macmillan. This is her second book for children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    Beautiful book!

    Beautiful book! Beautiful story and illustrations. May be the best book I've added to my daughter's book collection. Definitely recommend this book.

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