Wolkstein (Esther's Story, 1996, etc.) revisits an exquisite Chinese folktale she first published in 1979. The poor,...

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WHITE WAVE

Wolkstein (Esther's Story, 1996, etc.) revisits an exquisite Chinese folktale she first published in 1979. The poor, solitary farmer of the original tale now has a name: Kuo Ming. He finds an opalescent shell and takes it home. The next evening, his dinner is waiting for him when he returns from the fields. He wonders how this happens, and, by spying, he discovers a woman of light, the moon goddess, who lives in the shell; he knows he must not touch her. In the way of such things, he cannot resist doing so, and thus loses her, but she leaves him her name, White Wave, and a promise that she keeps He builds a shrine to her and tells his children the tale. When he dies, the shell is lost; the shrine, in time, disappears. ""All that remained was the story."" The changes in the text may be too subtle to justify purchasing this newly designed edition where the old one is still available; Young's spare black-and-white pencil illustrations, with their gorgeous use of negative space, are unchanged. Still, where copies are tattered, or for those who missed it the first time around, this is a beautiful volume.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Gulliver/Harcourt Brace

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996