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Khan's Daughter: A Mongolian Folktale

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From Publishers Weekly

PW said that this story about a cocky peasant who sets out to win the hand of the Khan's daughter "embraces human foibles with both the ageless charm of a traditional tale and the informal breeziness of a modern sensibility." Ages 4-7. (June)
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Grade 1-3?In order to fulfill a prophecy and win the hand of the Khan's daughter in marriage, Mongke, a shepherd, must succeed in three trials. His mother-in-law-to-be sets the first two. To prove his strength, he must steal the wealth of seven demons. To demonstrate his bravery, he must vanquish the enemy. The third trial, however, is imposed by the Khan's daughter herself, after which a humbled but determined Mongke does indeed become a wise and beloved husband. While this retelling of a Mongolian folktale adheres to the predictable and traditional quest motif, Yep succeeds in endowing his characters with multidimensional personalities. Mongke is brave, foolish, boastful, then finally contrite. Women are not simply trophies but actively determine their destiny. The well-paced story effortlessly balances humor and adventure, fantasy and reality, and is wonderfully enhanced by the artwork. From their ravishing cover with its acrylic portrait of the Khan's daughter (and a dashing but much smaller Mongke) superimposed on luminous gold leaf, through the gold-framed watercolors that add a wealth of detail and atmosphere, the Tsengs once again capture a faraway place and time and make it eminently accessible to children?just as they did in Margaret Mahy's The Seven Chinese Brothers (Scholastic, 1990). As a sprightly read-aloud or an opportunity for independent readers to lose themselves in an unfamiliar and fascinating culture, this is a solid addition to folklore collections.?Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613869753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613869751
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,391,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurence Yep has been fascinated with tales of sibling rivalry from the day he was born. His older brother, Tom, chose his name Laurence - after a saint who died a particularly gruesome death. Laurence has been trying to get even ever since. Laurence Yep now lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife and is one of children's literature's most respected authors. His award-winning titles include Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate.

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By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has it all; wonderful illustrations, a great plot, humor, romance, and a believeable happy ending. If you want a book to expand your child's horizons that you can enjoy too, you won't do better than this.
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