THE MAGIC HORSE OF HAN GAN by Chen Jiang Hong
Kirkus Star

THE MAGIC HORSE OF HAN GAN

by , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Hong illustrates this new, if familiarly premised, legend about a historical Tang Dynasty artist with big, splendidly accomplished paintings, brushed on brown silk in a traditional style. Little Han Gan is too poor to afford brushes and paper, but such is his talent that even a drawing in the dirt earns him the support of renowned painter Wang Wei. This is followed by admission to an academy and wide fame for painting horses so spirited that they are said to come to life. One night, a literal-minded warrior comes to beg for a steed, and Han Gan actually creates one that springs off the paper. After many battles, though, the horse tires of the blood and death, and so Han Gan wakes one day to find that a sixth has joined the five horses he painted the day before. The youthful but dignified painter, the glowering warrior and especially the succession of muscular, proud, subtly hued horses will have a powerful impact on young audiences. Shelve this plainly told tale next to such similar tales of artistic transformations as Elizabeth Partridge’s Kogi’s Mysterious Journey (2003), Margaret Leaf’s Eyes of the Dragon (1987) or the various renditions of “The Boy Who Drew Cats.” (author’s note) (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-59270-063-2
Page count: 38pp
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2006




MORE BY CLAUDIA ZOE BEDRICK

ChildrenSOMETHING BIG by Sylvie Neeman
by Sylvie Neeman
ChildrenME FIRST! by Michaël  Escoffier
by Michaël Escoffier
ChildrenTHE BATHING COSTUME by Charlotte Moundlic
by Charlotte Moundlic