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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Dragonfly Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (August 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517885581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517885581
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Here's a folktale with a twist: Tompert uses tangrams, a traditional "visual aid" employed by Chinese storytellers, to spin a tale about two shape-changing fox fairies. Seven "tans" (standard-sized pieces of a square) are arranged and rearranged to represent various characters in the story. The fox fairies vie to outdo each other--the first one becomes a rabbit, the other a dog who chases him, and so on--but when the two chase each other right into danger, they finally have to set their competition aside and pull together. Parker's graceful, impressionistic illustrations have a gentle Oriental flavor, and the constantly changing tangram configurations add a novel touch. A traceable tangram is provided at the end for do-it-yourselfers. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-- Two competitive fox fairies go through rapid physical transformations until a hunter's arrow reminds them of their true friendship. This original tangram tale is framed by the loving relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter as they share the story under the shade of an old tree, and culminates in a tangram of an old man and a girl likewise resting. Tangrams, ancient Chinese puzzles in which a square is cut into seven traditional pieces (each called a tan), are arranged into patterns used to help tell the story. Parker's watercolor washes complement the text, adding energy and tension, as well as evoking oriental brushwork technique. However, the text is strong enough to stand on its own, and will be valued by storytellers and listeners alike. --Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, MA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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I use this book in my math class to teach tangrams.
Patricia McReynolds
We are having a tangram craft, and the book contains great illustrations of animal tangrams.
D. Zapp
Children will enjoy the cute story and beautiful pictures!
Ann Sauriol

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I use this book annually to introduce tangrams into my geometryunit. The information from the back of the book adds a multiculturaland historical dimension to the lesson while the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter offers an intergenerational link. Reading the book in an interactive mode, I use my own renditions of Grandfather Tang's animals mounted on poster boards and flipped over to be uncovered as the story progresses. The kids are completely engaged trying to guess what the next fairy transformation will be before it's revealed. By the end of the book, they are excited to create their own tangram pictures to form into a class book. The soft watercolor illustrations are a balanced contrast to the energy and enthusiasm Grandfather Tang's Story generates with my class.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ann Sauriol on June 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is is an excellent book!I am a teacher and use this book with my 3rd and 4th grade students to teach tangrams and fractions! Children will enjoy the cute story and beautiful pictures!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on July 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is NOT for babies and pre-schoolers! This creative story shows children how to use a puzzle set of math manipulatives called Tangrams to create pictures. It could be used in ANY grade to improve children's comprehension of spatial relations. A pattern for the tangrams is included in the back of the book to make teaching easier. Any child would love to play with these picture puzzles!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on March 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a teacher I have used this book when we study ancient China. It is also great to use in math and have the children make tangrams. It is always a surprise with what child makes a complete square with them first. The story keeps their attention and is a quick read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Zapp on September 6, 2007
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When I came across this book, I was in the midst of planning for an Autumn Moon event. We are having a tangram craft, and the book contains great illustrations of animal tangrams. The story is very imaginative while leading you through a series of changing animal characters. Although simple reading, I think there is still appeal for children over the age of 7 because of the introduction of the ancient Chinese art of tangram puzzles. The book also contains instructions for making your own puzzles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson on March 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
You can use this bbok to introduce parallel and perpendicular lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DBT on May 30, 2009
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I bought this book to go along with a set of tangrams I bought for my eight year old. He's been working on fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. The bookwas the perfect addition. The story unfolds by changing the tangram pictures. As we read it, both my boys (eight and five) work the shapes to follow along. I highly recommend it for any parent with young kids (K - 3rd or so)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane M. Greiner on July 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This story, simple on the surface, embeds a major moral of loyalty to friends in a gripping morph thriller.
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