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Dragons, Gods & Spirits from Chinese Mythology (World Mythologies) Hardcover – January 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Series: World Mythologies
  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken Books (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805237992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805237993
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 7-10. Drawing extensively on Chinese sources, Sanders has put together a wide-ranging collection, including myths of origin, folktales, dragon and monkey spirit stories, and Buddhist and Taoist tales. The design is less successful than the text selection. In fact, the book looks rather like an encyclopedia, and important figures that appear in the double-page illustrations often disappear into the gutter. Still, since the anthology's aim is comprehensiveness rather than entertainment, the book works, and it will be useful to young people trying to understand or compare a culture through its stories. Mary Harris Veeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2000
Format: Library Binding
I thought Dragons, Gods, and Spirits from Chinese Mythology was an excellent book. It compiled many myths from all over China. It had tales from a wide variety of religions, such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The stories are not only entertaining, they give a clear picture of what life was like in Ancient China. It contains information on diet, clothing, holidays, architecture, and more. The tales were so enthralling, I literally couldn't put it down. And even the reader who likes a little at a time can enjoy this, because the stories are of varied length, from a quarter of a page to five pages and more. It has beautiful illustrations as well. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, the stories are basic enough for little children, but clever enough for mature adults. Read this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Kruse on November 9, 2009
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I would recommend this book for the following reasons.
First of all myths are delightful and the drawings
are wonderful. It gave me a good introduction to
many myths in an easy yet informative manner.
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This book has wonderful stories and a lot of great illustrations.
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