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Children's Book: The Five Mouse Brothers (A Beautifully Illustrated Children's Bedtime Picture Book Adapted From a Classic Chinese Folktale; Perfect Bedtime Story) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Rachel Yu, at age 14, published her first children's book in September 2010. She is the author of children's picture book, A Dragon Named Dragon, The Five Mouse Brothers, How to be a Super Villain, How to be a Superhero, Dragon's Alphabet Soup, A Wolf Pup's Tale and Junior Novel Fly High, Hammie Hawk.

She is currently residing happily ever after, in a toasty burrow, near Bok Tong Goh Village.

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  • File Size: 3603 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Fat Moon Books (December 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O0U0UC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rachel Yu is a full-time high school student and a part-time children's book author from California. At age 14, she published her first children's book in September 2010. She is the author of children's picture books, A Dragon Named Dragon, The Five Mouse Brothers, How to be a Super Villain, How to be a Superhero, Dragon's Alphabet Soup, A Wolf Pup's Tale and Junior Novel Fly High, Hammie Hawk.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on December 8, 2012
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Rachel Yu has retold the tale with the characters now being less controversial mice. Obviously it is just as unlikely that five mice will look exactly the same but less people are likely to complain about mice. The classic tale revolves around one of five brothers accidentally killing a boy who accompanied him on his fishing trip as he was able to inhale the sea and the boy ignored his gestures that he couldn't hold it in anymore while collecting fish and other stuff from the seabed. The brother was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Rachel Yu's version has the mouse brother simply being accused of theft (we never know if he even did it), but again he is sentenced to death, which is probably a bit extreme a penalty for theft but the sentence of death is needed for the story to continue as a parallel storyline version of the original. Yu has given her mice different powers to the original Chinese brothers as well to combat her more child friendly means of execution, with the exception of drowning which was used in the original version. The other three original's death sentences were being set on fire, smothered and beheaded. Yu's mousetrap killing I guess is the beheading one but children being read this to probably are more familiar with cartoon mice getting their necks squashed with their tongue sticking out than their necks broken or decapitated by the bar when these are used in real life. If they are even used with the more humane sort of mouse traps manufactured today anyway. For the other two Yu goes with poison and being eaten by a cat in a nice sort of homage to many a B grade movie gigantic creature sacrifice scene.

The illustrations are also well drawn, are very colourful and high resolution on Kindle screens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Uhlemeyer on July 19, 2012
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The Five Mouse Brothers is a retelling of the ancient Chinese tale, "The Seven Brothers." That's a very good tale, except it's come under fire recently for portraying racism (nobody could tell the seven Chinese brothers apart). This story is a great way to tell that tale while sidestepping that issue. After all, they're just cute, cuddle mice now!

I'm glad this book was made. The story of the brothers is not unlike a western fairy tale by the brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson. Go ahead and read the other reviews. They'll say it has deathly imagery in it. Perhaps, but that wouldn't stop Little Red Riding Hood's grandma from being eaten by the wolf, or the lumberjack coming to cut open the wolf after it eats. Compared to what we grew up with, this is actually rather tame.

Worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian C. on August 27, 2012
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When I first read the other reviews about the grim imagery I was shocked and wanted to investigate. I read the book before trying to read it to my nephew, it turned out to be rather tame compared to a lot of the stories I remember from growing up. I used to be told tales of dragon slayers, superheroes waging epic battles that result in massive devastation, rabbits that wage war on each other, and so much more. The tale of Five Mouse Brothers is rather on the safe side by comparison.
If you feel it too violent then by all means look this one over, but it is a unique take on the tale of The Seven Brothers. It does help address more complicated issues like death and ideological differences in a safe manner; much like Water Ship Down did with me. I still say this book is worth a read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ionia Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 19, 2012
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There were some good things about this book. The illustrations were colorful and looked really great on the kindle fire. I appreciate that this book is one of the few books I have found intended for children that really have a cross-cultural theme. I thought the story was well-written and considering it was done by a young author I found it to be very well edited and arranged. It was the subject matter itself that I couldn't quite love. It seemed some of the punishments in this book were a bit drastic and dark for a child young enough to appreciate an illustrated picture book. I would have liked to have seen a better redeeming quality with a more straight forward lesson from this book to ensure that the torture represented in the book was not pointless. Overall, it wasn't terrible and I think it will depend upon your own interpretation of the story and the age of the audience to come to a conclusion of good or bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Kirbos on September 7, 2012
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I've bought several books by this author, and enjoy reading all of them with my son, age 4. The colorful and detailed pictures are fun for my son to see when reading on the Kindle app for my tablet. The story is clever and enjoyable. Like her other books, the teacher in me is very pleased with the good vocabulary used. Her stories are simple, but not babyish.

I only wish the book would be formatted in a better way for the Kindle. I would like to see text with each picture so my son can enjoy the pictures while hearing the story. Some pages are like this, some are not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann J. on January 4, 2013
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My granddaughter really enjoyed the book, she is six. I let her do the review. She like the mouse brothers different strength and how they help their brother and their color vests. She going to tell her friends about the book. By Jalyn M.
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