Children's Literature - Jeanne K. PettenatiBeautiful watercolor illustrations provide the key to understanding many of the Korean proverbs told in this book. It is a lovely book for bicultural families and for anyone interested in Korean culture. Each page has text in Korean, the English translation and Korean characters. Each proverb reveals an aspect of Korean values relating to character, cooperation and accomplishment, and eating. The author elaborates on each proverb in a section at the back of the book.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4Each of these 20 folk sayings or adages is given in English and Korean, and includes a phonetic pronunciation or romanization. Some of the proverbs are clear and straightforward, such as Love must be given before it can be received. Others, such as Seven falls, eight rises and Licking the outside of a watermelon, are more obscure and difficult to understand. However, an informative appendix explains the proverbs in further detail and groups them into categories: Character, Cooperation and Accomplishment, and Eating. The flat, static watercolor illustrations occasionally add clarification and insight. The layout is clear, with attractive borders surrounding each proverb and illustration. An additional purchase.DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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