Janet Gill spins a modern fable about a skilled artisan, Basket Weaver, and his lucky cat, Catches Many Mice. Basket Weaver makes all kinds of baskets, but when he makes one for a newborn baby, he chooses his materials carefullyrushes that will bend but not break, owl feathers for wisdom, cherry branches for long life. One day, he and three other basket weavers are selected to make baskets for the Emperor's newborn daughter. The one whose basket is chosen will be granted three requeststhe others will be sent to work in the mines. Standing before the Emperor on the appointed day, Basket Weaver fears the worst, but a surprise appearance by Catches Many Mice and her newborn kitten nestled in his basket wins the hearts of the Emperor and Empress. Basket Weaver is declared the winner and his three requests provide a timely moral lesson about the importance of home, family, and conscience. Yangsook Choi's lush oil paintings, filled with exquisite Asian imagery and landscapes, give this heartwarming tale the feel of a classic.
|Publisher:||Crown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.77(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.35(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
JANET GILL is a published poet and teaches creative writing near her home in Bellevue, Washington. She is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Swim Team series.
YANGSOOK CHOI received her master's in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts. Her first book for Knopf was The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy. A native of Korea, she now lives in New York City.