Gr 4-8-Folktales and myths from China are richly imaginative as this collection of seven classics shows so well. Divided into "Tales of Creation," "Morality Tales," and "Tales of Love," the book contains some of China's most famous stories as well as some that are less well known. Among those included are the story of "Pan Gu and the Creation" and the tale of "Nu Wo, the Mother of Mankind" as well as the romantic story of "The Heavenly River," often called "The Cowherd and the Weaving Maiden." Many of these selections are also available in picture-book format, and in collections such as Tao T. Liu Sanders's Dragons, Gods and Spirits from Chinese Mythology (Peter Bedrick, 1994), whose vibrant art is far more appealing than that found here. However, Fu's retellings are quite complete, often including more detail than that found in other versions. For example, that most famous of Chinese tales, "Journey to the West," tells the entire story of Monkey King's journey though not every episode is related. The writing itself is straightforward and clean, but not particularly elegant or descriptive, resulting in stories in which Fu tells things that might better be shown. Excellent notes follow each tale, and a pronunciation guide and list of characters are appended. A very good list for further reading, with books for younger and older readers and for teachers, is included, as are multimedia resources, further adding to the book's usefulness.-Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.