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THE GODS AND GODDESSES OF ANCIENT CHINA by Leonard Everett Fisher

THE GODS AND GODDESSES OF ANCIENT CHINA

By Leonard Everett Fisher (Author) , Leonard Everett Fisher (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-8234-1694-1
Publisher: Holiday House

In his latest gallery of divinities, Fisher profiles 17 of “the most popular” deities in traditional Chinese culture, from the mighty Jade Emperor Yu Huang Da Di to two nameless Menshen, soldiers elevated to the status of “door gods,” and charged with ensuring peaceful sleep. As usual, the art slightly evokes a national style, but is mostly Fisher; opposite a page-length disquisition on the origin and attributes of each, he poses monumental, slant-eyed, robed figures floating against monochromatic backgrounds and, generally, glowering up at the viewer. Though the information here is strictly recycled, and readers may be confused by the sight of Zhong Kui, the putative god of healing, wielding a sword—not to mention Tibet included among the “Lands of Ancient China” on the endpaper maps—for supporting classroom units or introducing younger children to an unfamiliar system of worship, this album has few competitors. Fisher closes with a helpful list of sources, along with a Pinyin pronunciation guide. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)