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The Warlord's Messengers
     

The Warlord's Messengers

by Virginia Pilegard, Nicolas Debon (Illustrator)
 

The warlord�s presence is requested at the emperor�s banquet in two weeks, but he is sixteen days away by horseback. Using their math skills, ingenuity, and the wind, Chuan and Jing Jing reach the warlord�s camp and encourage him to use their sailing cart to travel to the feast. The Warlordï¿

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The warlord�s presence is requested at the emperor�s banquet in two weeks, but he is sixteen days away by horseback. Using their math skills, ingenuity, and the wind, Chuan and Jing Jing reach the warlord�s camp and encourage him to use their sailing cart to travel to the feast. The Warlord�s Messengers is the sixth book in the acclaimed Warlord�s Series, and includes directions for making your own windsock as well as suggestions for velocity-related math activities.

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Children's Literature
Debon and Pilegard have teamed up again for another story with a touch of history and science packed into an adventure story with a hero and heroine that will appeal to picture book readers. The setting is ancient China where a young boy named Chuan and his friend Jing Jing live in the palace of an important warlord. A messenger has arrived with an invitation from the Emperor for their master to attend a banquet. The warlord is out in the countryside and it would take three days travel by horseback to reach him. He would never be able to return to his palace and then reach the Emperor in time for the feat. The two children come up with an idea—they attach a sail to a cart and use the power of the wind to propel them much faster than a horse could travel. They arrive, save their master from embarrassment, and in turn are rewarded with an opportunity to go to the palace of the Emperor. The story is based on a real invention by the Chinese nearly 1500 years ago. The part of the story that may be a stretch historically is that two children could succeed in undertaking such an adventure and, even more, that a young girl would be involved. The breezy art shows plenty of open spaces, and you get a real sense of the speed at which the cart is moving. The characters are loosely sketched, as are the elements of the Warlord's palace. The part of China that is depicted looks rather dry and hilly—perhaps like the steppes where the winds would be blowing with some force. There is an activity page for students and teachers to create a windsock, which is also a Chinese invention. 2005, Pelican Publishing, Ages 5 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In this sixth title in the series, characters once again employ math to help solve a real-life problem. Set in ancient China, this book tells how two children, Chuan and Jing Jing, use their ingenuity to deliver an important message. A messenger on horseback delivers a scroll summoning the warlord to a banquet at the emperor's palace, which will take place in 14 days. It has taken 10 days for the man to get to the warlord's palace, and the warlord is currently 3 days north of his home. It will take 3 days to reach him, another 3 for his return, and an additional 10 to arrive at the banquet-16 days in all, making him late, a "grave dishonor." Chuan recalls how boats along the river "traveled faster than the wind," and he and his friend devise a plan to harness the wind's power on land. Though the foolish adults doubt them every step of the way, in the end, the warlord arrives in plenty of time. This lively story reads like a folktale with a scientific twist. It explains the math and children receive a valuable physics lesson as well. Readers will admire the youngsters' ingenuity and thrill at their unstoppable cart flying down the road. Debon's paintings, in pleasing earth tones and primary colors, reflect the book's humor and adventure. A windsock craft and experiment is appended. An appealing choice for lessons on problem solving, energy, or simple computation.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589802711
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Series:
Warlord's Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Virginia Walton Pilegard wrote The Warlord's Puzzle as part of a teaching unit that uses informal geometry to strengthen students' visual learning abilities. Mrs. Pilegard studied elementary mathematics and completed both a B.A. and M.A. in Education. She then went on to teach elementary grades and in juvenile correction schools.

Nicolas Debon is a freelance illustrator in Versailles, France. In addition to his illustrations for the Warlordís Series , he is also the author/illustrator of several other books, including two Canadian Governor Generalís Literary Award finalists.

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