The Warlord's Fish

Overview

Working as an apprentice for one of the warlord's artists, Chuan is in the palace one day when a bearded trader from another land bursts into the courtyard with complaints against the local merchants. Chuan tries to help, and for his trouble, both he and the artist are kidnapped and taken on a long journey through the desert. A sandstorm rises up, blocking out the sun they used to know their direction, and the fierce winds blow sand over the trail. It seems that all are lost in the desert with little food or ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $7.79   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Working as an apprentice for one of the warlord's artists, Chuan is in the palace one day when a bearded trader from another land bursts into the courtyard with complaints against the local merchants. Chuan tries to help, and for his trouble, both he and the artist are kidnapped and taken on a long journey through the desert. A sandstorm rises up, blocking out the sun they used to know their direction, and the fierce winds blow sand over the trail. It seems that all are lost in the desert with little food or water, miles from civilization.

Fortunately, Chuan had seen the carved fish the artist made, floating in a bowl of water, so he knew that the fish he carried in his pocket was more than a pretty toy: when placed in a bowl of water, it always pointed south. How could that be? Learn how Chuan and the artist made a compass and earned their freedom.

Praise for The Warlord's Puzzle, recommended by the California Department of Education

"This handsome picture book will be useful for encouraging children to play around with geometry at home or in the classroom."
—Booklist

"This is a great story about the origin of everybody's favorite brainteaser—the tangram puzzle. The illustrations are terrific."
—Wendi Gatz, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

"Richly colored, lively, and dramatic, the artwork is excellent."
—The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

Praise for The Warlord's Beads

"A good book for reading aloud."
—Booklist

"Kids will say, 'Aha—I know!' to this puzzle in a story with terrific illustrations."
—Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA

"The vibrant and unusual illustrations of Chinese pagodas, traditional robes, and the characters' faces enhance this clever story. Children will not be disappointed in this sequel to The Warlord's Puzzle."
—New Favorites: Outstanding Books for Children

Both previous books by Virginia Pilegard and Nicolas Debon, The Warlord's Puzzle and The Warlord's Beads, have garnered praise, including being selected for the BookSense 76 list.

Virginia Pilegard has been an elementary-school teacher and has taught and volunteered in juvenile-correction schools. Raised on a cattle ranch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mrs. Pilegard pursued the topic of elementary mathematics and completed an M.A. in education.

Illustrator Nicolas Debon was born in Nancy, France, and now lives in Canada. He has worked in the visual-arts office of the France Ministry of Culture and for the cultural service of the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

In ancient China, an artist and his young apprentice are kidnapped and taken into the desert, where their captors' caravan is lost until the artist's carved wooden goldfish points the way to safety.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When a Chinese sculptor and his apprentice, Chuan, are captured by foreign traders, they find themselves lost in the desert far beyond their civilized world. Dust storms cause the caravan to lose its way. With the sun obscured, all are stranded with no means of escape until Chuan pulls a carved fish from his pocket. Embedded with a magnet formed from a lodestone, the fish points the way south. Luckily, his captors agree to follow his directions, and they soon arrive at an oasis. There, grateful to the artist and his apprentice, the traders free both of them. Although there are some unlikely coincidences in this narrative, the story provides an interesting introduction to the Chinese use of both the magnet and the compass as early as the third century B.C.E. Endnotes give information about these developments and offer instructions for children to create their own fish compasses from simple materials. Debon's stunning illustrations enhance the tale; the figures appear to be three-dimensional carved or Claymation characters but are, intriguingly enough, executed in pastels. With realistic landscapes, the drawings have subtle shading and engaging design, and evoke the vastness and isolation of the desert wasteland.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The young artist's apprentice of Warlord's Puzzle (2000) and Warlord's Beads (2001) brings a third ancient invention to the world. Kidnapped by traders and carried far into the desert, Chuan and his master reclaim their lives and freedom by leading their captors' beleaguered caravan back to the last oasis. How? With the help of a bowl of water and a small magnetized fish Chuan had found in his master's workshop. Debon gives this fanciful "origins" tale an equally fanciful Far East setting, placing blocky, doll-like people and camels into windblown desert scenes. The plot line is more perfunctory than in previous episodes, and aside from a line about heating "loadstone," the author is vague about how compasses were made. Still, what better way to introduce them to young readers than with an adventure story--plus instructions at the end for a simple modern instrument made with Styrofoam and a paperclip? (Picture book. 6-8)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565549647
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Warlord's Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,408,367
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Walton Pilegard wrote The Warlord's Puzzle as part of a teaching unit that uses informal geometry to strengthen students' visual learning abilities. Mrs. Pilegard studied elementary mathematics and completed both a B.A. and M.A. in Education. She then went on to teach elementary grades and in juvenile correction schools.

Nicolas Debon is a freelance illustrator in Versailles, France. In addition to his illustrations for the Warlord's Series , he is also the author/illustrator of several other books, including two Canadian Governor General's Literary Award finalists.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)