The Tangram Magician

The Tangram Magician

by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Lee Ernst
     
 

Legend has it that one thousand years ago, a man dropped a porcelain tile. It broke into seven pieces five triangles, one square, and one parallelogram. When he tried to reassemble the square, he discovered he could create hundreds of different images from just those seven pieces.

Tangram Magician brings this ancient Chinese puzzle to the children and grown-ups

Overview

Legend has it that one thousand years ago, a man dropped a porcelain tile. It broke into seven pieces five triangles, one square, and one parallelogram. When he tried to reassemble the square, he discovered he could create hundreds of different images from just those seven pieces.

Tangram Magician brings this ancient Chinese puzzle to the children and grown-ups of today. As the work of the magician unfolds, the reader can make the designs using the seven puzzle pieces provided along with the book. The dense-foam puzzle comes in a reusable plastic storage box artfully inset into the diecut cover. And when the story is done, there are hours of additional fun creating your own designs.

Simple enough for a six-year-old, sophisticated enough for a sixty-year-old.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
The tangram is a puzzle game from ancient China. A square is divided into seven pieces: five triangles, one square, and one parallelogram. Traditionally the game is to fill a shape with the seven pieces. This book comes with a bright red tangram inset in the cover to be used by the child to duplicate the illustrations. This story for young children follows a magician as his wishes come true and he becomes others animals and objects. The magician is illustrated by manipulating the seven pieces of the tangram puzzle. His first wish is to become a bird and the pieces are rearranged to form a bird. He becomes a boat and sails the sparkling seas. He turns into a strong and sturdy house. He dances and he runs. He rests and ponders what he will become next. The last page of the story is blank, allowing the reader to add a last wish for the magician and draw it themselves with the tangram blocks. Each page is a beautiful blend of blue-green paper that is a wonderful background for the bright red tangram pieces. This is a good interactive reading/playing project for children and their parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810938519
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.84(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Campbell Ernst was born in Oklahoma but now makes her home in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1978 from the University of Oklahoma and then began a career in advertising before turning to her true love: writing and illustrating books. Among her most notable works are When Bluebell Sang, Ginger Jumps, Duke the Dairy Delight Dog, Goldilocks Returns, The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book, and Tangram Magician, which she created in collaboration with her husband, Lee.

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