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The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy: A Korean Folktale Hardcover – Oct. 15 1997

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Grade 1-4?In this Korean folktale, a mother goes off to market, leaving her two children alone with strict instructions not to open the door to strangers. On her way back, she has a fatal encounter with a tiger, who then takes her clothes and tries to trick the children into letting him into the house. Readers familiar with the Grimms' story, "The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids," or Ed Young's Lon Po Po (Philomel, 1989) will know what happens next. This version, however, ends on a mythic note. A rope comes down from the sky to lift the children up from the tree where the tiger has chased them. Their mother waits high in the heavens; she changes into the stars, her daughter becomes the sun, and her son, the moon. Choi illustrates her story with rich, glowing oil paintings. Her cinematic use of shifting angles and focused close-ups is particularly effective as the tiger chases the children. Though oversized and menacing, he has his moments of humor, struggling to put on the clothes of the woman he has just eaten, or staring in puzzlement at the children's reflection at the bottom of a well. In an author's note, Choi says she heard the story "many times" in Korea, and adds that it is one of the best-loved folktales of that country, but gives no other source. A creation myth told as the adventures of innocents pursued, with dramatic illustrations.?Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf Books for Young Readers (Oct. 15 1997)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0679983864
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0679983866
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 431 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.86 x 0.64 x 29.85 cm
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Yangsook Choi grew up in Korea. She started drawing at age 4 and loved telling her grandma scary stories. After moving to New York to pursue her art, she has written and illustrated many books for young readers. Her books have been acclaimed as "Best of the Best" by the Chicago Public Library, included on the American Library Association Notable Books List, and have received the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award.

Her past jobs include waiting tables at a Korean BBQ restaurant, flying as a flight attendant, handwriting a message on a life preserver, and drawing tiny pictures on fake nails.

When she is not creating, she loves to spend time with children in her community and around the world. The local children in a shelter, the mountain children in the Himalayas, the Bedouin children in the Arabian desert, the orphans in flooded Cambodia, and the North Korean defector children are among her greatest teachers.

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