THE LAND OF THE DRAGON KING by Gillian McClure

THE LAND OF THE DRAGON KING

and Other Korean Stories
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Plainly told, these nine Korean folktales include some well-known tales found in the relatively small number of other picture books and anthologies available in English. “The Herdsman and the Weaver” is known in many versions from several Asian countries, including China and Japan, and tells the story of two lovers in the heavens, separated the whole year round until a bridge of magpies forms over the Milky Way to allow them to meet on the seventh day of the seventh month. The title story is the tale of a blind man’s loving daughter, who sacrifices herself to the depths of the sea, the Dragon King’s watery realm, to earn 300 bags of rice to restore her father’s sight. His vision is only returned at a later time when his daughter is allowed to return to the earth. The tiger, a recurring character in Korean stories, appears in two tales, fooled by the ever-popular trickster, Rabbit. McClure’s watercolor illustrations were inspired by sketches done on a trip to Korea; realistic earth tones vie with the fantastical brighter colors of the heavens and the undersea kingdom. A solid, if additional, purchase. (introduction, bibliography) (Folklore. 6-9)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-84507-805-8
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2008




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