THE FOURTH QUESTION by Rosalind C. Wang

THE FOURTH QUESTION

A Chinese Tale
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A well-told, nicely balanced story with an admirable message. Hard-working Yee-Lee sets out to ask a wise man why he is so poor. En route, he agrees to ask the wise man questions for three others: the mother of a mute daughter, the owner of a barren fruit tree, and a dragon who yearns to ascend to heaven. Finding that the wise man will answer only three questions, Yee- lee omits his own--to find, of course, that the other answers have the effect of granting all he could wish for. In rough pencil and subtle colors, Chen's beautifully designed, stylized illustrations--an imaginative blend of references to Chinese art with simple forms like dePaola's--reflect the story's warmth and gentle humor. Unusually satisfying. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0-8234-0855-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1991




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