Grandfather Tang's Story

Grandfather Tang's Story


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"Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies. Parker's pen-and-watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insets will motivate children to try their own versions."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517885581
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/12/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 113,979
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ann Tompert is an award-winning children’s book author who has written more than 20 books, including Harry's HatsJust a Little Bit, and Little Fox Goes to the End of the World. Prior to beginning her writing career, she was a first-grade teacher for 20 years. Tompert lives in Port Huron, Michigan, with her husband.

Robert A. Parker has illustrated numerous acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Pop Corn and Ma Goodness by Edna Mitchell Preston, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice, and Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, which received six starred reviews and was named a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. Mr. Parker is a jazz musician. He lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

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Grandfather Tang's Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bettybealis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Grandfather Tang¿s Story¿By Ann Tompert, illustrated by Robert Andrew ParkerThis has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I have decided to get it to use for my math class. This book can also be used for Chinese cultural studies because tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles and the book is about fox fairies which are a part of Chinese folklore. The plot of this book is Grandfather Tang telling a story to his granddaughter Soo about the Fox Fairies using tangrams to make the shapes of the different animals throughout the book. I give this book five stars and will use it with all of my classes in the future. One activity is to have the children make tangram animals and another activity would be for them to do a story like this one with tangrams to make the animal characters.
Jdonldsn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When two shape shifters take their competitive nature to far, they learn to bring their friendship to the forefront and work together to save themselves from hunters.
cmiller05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a legend and fantasy of the Chinese people. It is classic legend as the characters have special powers/ abilities and do magic. This is also fantasy. Also, the animals talk, which is characteristic of fantasy. The illustrations are really useful in this book as it shows how the shapes in a tanagram can be put together to tell the story that Grandfather Tan is telling.Use:I would read this story to the class when talking about friendships, and how when we try to make ourselves look better and they look less important, and then we both get hurt. The idea of Tanagrams is very useful for mathematics in geometry as well. Story writing would be a great challenge for Tanagrams, where you could have the kids making up their own pictures and arranging them in a story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, to me, tells how 'groups' can have problems amongst themselves, but when outside trouble comes, they can come together and stand their ground. A beautifully written tale using foxes that can change shape and do much more. I and my child were fascinated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grandfather Tang tells a tale of the 'fox faires' to his granddaughter. The two foxes transform themselves into many different animals. As Grandfather Tang tells the story to his granddaughter, he uses tangram pieces to construct the shapes of these animals. Within the pages of the book there are illustrations of each animal along with the shapes Grandfather Tang forms with the tangram pieces. I feel that this book would be a great tool in a mathematics classroom. Children would want to explore the tangram pieces and construct the shapes on their own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ce livre très bien illustré nous présente l´histoire d´une amitié que mon fils de 6 ans a beaucoup aimé. L´utilisation du tangram l´a enchanté. Il a ainsi pu participer activement à la lecture du livre.