The Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains: A Korean Folktale

The Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains: A Korean Folktale

by Kim So-Un, Jeong Kyoung-Sim
     
 

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The Tigers of Kumgang Mountain is based on a well-known Korean folktale.

Long ago, an enormous white tiger lived in the Kumgang Mountains and tormented the nearby village for years, coming down to prey not only on horses and cattle, but on the people who lived there. The finest hunter in the land ventured into the Kumgang Mountains to shoot the

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The Tigers of Kumgang Mountain is based on a well-known Korean folktale.

Long ago, an enormous white tiger lived in the Kumgang Mountains and tormented the nearby village for years, coming down to prey not only on horses and cattle, but on the people who lived there. The finest hunter in the land ventured into the Kumgang Mountains to shoot the white tiger and save the village. He never returned.

His son spends years of his life training to become a great hunter and to avenge his father's death. In this exciting adventure, the young man has to endure sacrifice and complete impossible challenges, including escaping from the belly of the tiger, before learning a valuable lesson.

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Children's Literature
Years ago, many tigers lived in the Kumgang Mountains. They would destroy animals and people. Even a famous hunter and marksman who went to hunt them disappears. The man's young son is determined to kill the tiger he believes has eaten his father. After much training and many trials, he enters the mountain wilderness. Here he encounters and kills four suspicious-looking characters who turn out to be tigers in disguise. But when he meets the huge grandfather tiger, his weapons are useless and he is swallowed. Inside he finds a young girl. Together, they cleverly manage to force their way out. He brings the tiger skin back to his happy mother. He and the girl live "happily ever after" in this traditional tale recalled by the author from his childhood. Spreads contain the extensive text along with striking traditional Korean watercolor paintings. The jacket and end-paper illustrations of the boy and tiger introduce the style; delicate brush strokes define the characters while broad washes provide context. The actions are depicted naturalistically; the clothing is of the period. The illustrations of the tigers are charged with potent energy—enough to almost frighten readers. Comparable themes from many traditional folktales have a Korean focus here, both in text and illustration. The author adds a note on cultural background. 2005, Tuttle Publishing, Ages 4 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462910779
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
8 Years

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