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A Chinese Zoo: Fables and Proverbs Library Binding – November, 1987

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PreS Up It is surely no accident that every culture possesses fables, since they fulfill a basic human need for guidance while providing entertainment. Demi has adapted 13 fables and proverbs from the Chinese tradition and illustrated them with breathtaking grace and style. The writing style is concise, and the fables retain their the Eastern atmosphere. The book's large format is perfectly suited to the fan motif used on each two-page spread. Demi's exquisite watercolors of the hedgehogs, pandas, deer, and unicorns which populate the fables appear on an open fan on each spread. Adding to the book's aura of authenticity are the beautifully-wrought Chinese characters that accompany each proverb. A perfect blending of excellent writing and beautifully stylized illustrations that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Denise A. Anton, Cornbelt Library System, Normal, Ill.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Library Binding: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J); 1st edition (November 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152175105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152175108
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 11.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Demi was born in Cambridge, Mass. She studied at the Instituto Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico, at Immaculate Heart College with Sisters Magdalen Mary and Sister Corita in Hollywood, California. She also studied at the M.S. University in Baroda, India, while on a Fulbright Scholarship, as well as the China Institute For Arts in New York City.

Her husband Tze-si Huang introduced her to the religion, folklore, ancient culture, and history of China.

Demi has illustrated and authored more than 300 children's books including biographies of Jesus, Buddha, and the Dalai Lama, as well as folktales such as The Empty Pot and Liang and the Magic Paintbrush. Her work has received many awards and accolades, among them the Christopher Award, which recognizes individuals whose work makes a positive difference in the world, and the Middle
East Book Award. Her titles have been designated American Library Association Notable Children's Books, New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Notable Books for a Global Society, and American Bookseller Pick of the List Books.

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