Shen of The Sea: Chinese Stories for Children

Shen of The Sea: Chinese Stories for Children


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525392446
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/28/1968
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 506,247
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Arthur Bowie Chrisman was an American author.

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Shen of the Sea Chinese Stories for Children 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
laf on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is a wonderful collection of folk tales. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about Chinese history and culture.
debnance on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This kind of book, a collection of old folk tales, was probably my favorite kind of book to read as a child. I like this book as an adult, too.The stories all feel vaguely familiar as if they¿ve been told many times in many places. And yet they are also fresh and reveal little hidden aspects of human nature.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my 9yo son. We always have a book of folktales, fairy tales, myths, etc. on the go, reading one story every school day.Comments: I have read this book once before to myself some time ago, as an adult, and came away with the impression that it was OK (maybe 3 stars) but now I think I've found out the problem with that first reading. This book is meant to be read aloud! The stories are told in a storyteller voice that just rolls of the tongue when reading out loud and brings them gloriously to life. The stories are hilarious and I can't say that my ds or I didn't like even a single one the tales. I'm not convinced these are traditional Chinese stories (I've read a lot of folktales in my life and never heard any of these before) but would guess that Chrisman wrote them himself based on the style of Chinese tales. The tales often rely on repetition, some are origin stories and they cover a wide spectrum of characters from peasants to princesses and Kings. A number of the stories are about someone who is not too bright or is incredibly lazy or stubborn. While the great majority of tales are folktales a few pass over into fairytale territory with the appearance of a few dragons and other Chinese mythical creatures. Every single time this book came out my son's face lit up, he thoroughly enjoyed it! I also had a ton of fun reading it. This book has a habit of getting mixed reviews and to those who give it low ratings, I ask you to read aloud a couple of stories to a child or group of children. Then see if you don't change your mind! I've found in my 21 years as a mother that some children's books just beg to be read aloud and don't do the trick when read silently. The only thing I'm not too keen on are the silhouette illustrations. Yes, they add to the ethnicity of the book but detailed drawings would have been more fun to look at.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was an enjoyable collection of Chinese folk tales. Some had the flavor of Grimms' fairy tales, where the poor man who befriends the beggar, ends up a king. Others reminded me of folktales where we learn how the rabbit got its long ears. Fun stories that have a familiar ring, dressed up in the trappings of the Orient.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a wonderful collection of stories for children about the chinese history and culture! great, easy to read, and interesting stories. reccommended for children who love the history of china. makes an excellent classroom book for when the class is studying the history of china!