Yu the Great: Conquering the Flood: A Chinese Legend

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The Great Emperor Shun has called Yu before the Dragon Throne. All of China is beset by terrible floods. Homes, farms, and villages are being washed away, and Shun believes Yu is the only one to save the land and the people. Yu vows to end the floods, but first he must face the angry Yellow Emperor, the ruler of the gods-and Yu's own grandfather. Will the YelloW Emperor help Yu or set a trap for him? And How will Yu ever stop the floods?
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The Great Emperor Shun has called Yu before the Dragon Throne. All of China is beset by terrible floods. Homes, farms, and villages are being washed away, and Shun believes Yu is the only one to save the land and the people. Yu vows to end the floods, but first he must face the angry Yellow Emperor, the ruler of the gods-and Yu's own grandfather. Will the YelloW Emperor help Yu or set a trap for him? And How will Yu ever stop the floods?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Long ago, floods that were taking homes, farms, and anything else in their wake and washing them away forever hit China. The emperor called on Yu to help save the country from this terrible plight. Yu realized that he was actually following in the steps of his father who had also been called upon to stop the floods many years before. The first chapter explains what his father did in trying to stop the floods and gives the readers insightful information to understand the full legend. Unfortunately, his father was unsuccessful, but he did produce a son named Yu in the form of a golden dragon whom he knew one day would be called upon to take over where he had failed. This myth takes the reader on an exciting adventure where Yu conquers the floods and spends his life determined to refill all the springs so that fertile land can be given back to the people. But when Yu learns that the floods are returning, he calls on magical creatures to help him confront the water god. What do Yu and his friends do? Is he successful or does he fail as his father did? This book is written in the graphic format, which is a favorite of mine! It makes it perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphics and fast paced text. At the end of the book are a glossary and a mini biography about the author and artist. Also included is a list of other books and websites that might be of interest to the reader. I recommend this book.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3 - The first book is a retelling of the story of Hades's kidnapping of Persephone into the Underworld and Demeter's plea to the Olympians to bring her back. It's written at a very introductory level, and the creators try a little too hard to allude to other myths and bring additional Olympians into the text, which makes the otherwise dynamic narrative somewhat stilted. The artwork is excellent throughout, and the glossary will aid readers with unfamiliar words. The second book introduces elements of Chinese mythology. The introduction clarifies that while Yu was real, the story is legendary. Unfortunately, the art doesn't match the flow of the narrative, and often the characters look more European or Native American than Chinese. These titles will do well in libraries where comics or mythology books circulate, and especially where the "Jr. Graphic Mythologies" series (Rosen) is popular.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822565628
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Graphic Myths and Legends Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 801,001
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul D. Storrie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has written comics for Caliber Comics, Moonstone Books, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. For Graphic Universe™, he has written Hercules: The Twelve Labors, Robin Hood: Outlaw of Sherwood Forest, Yu the Great, Amaterasu: Return of the Sun, Beowulf: Monster Slayer, Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa's Head, Yu the Great: Conquering the Flood, Terror in Ghost Mansion, and Nightmare on Zombie Island.

Sandy Carruthers's published comics include The Men in Black, Invaders from Mars, Alien Nation, and Captain Canuck. He lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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Table of Contents


Yu Answers the Call     6
The Story of Gun     8
Yu and the Two Emperors     20
Yu Conquers the Flood     31
The Water God     26
The Marriage of Yu     40
Epilogue     45
Glossary and Pronunciation Guide     46
Further Reading and Websites     47
Creating Yu the Great     47
Index     48
About the Author and the Artist     48
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