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Older Brother, Younger Brother Hardcover – June 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; Library Binding edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670856452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670856459
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 10.8 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: #840,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Goodness is rewarded and cruelty punished in this staple of Korean folklore, an archetypal tale of two brothers. When their father dies, elder brother Nolbu, greedy and mean-spirited, inherits the family property and banishes big-hearted younger brother Hungbu, his wife and three children. Hungbu's destitution doesn't change his generous nature, and when he shows kindness to a tiny injured swallow, he is magically rewarded with great prosperity. Envious Nolbu seeks out the same good fortune-and wreaks his own downfall. Hungbu, forgiving, takes in Nolbu, who mends his ways. Jaffe's (In the Month of Kislev) retelling of this classic tale is eloquent yet concise, with just the right amount of scene-setting detail. Ma (The Painted Fan), favoring a soothing, predominantly pastel palette, gracefully interprets the story with atmospheric watercolors. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ages 4^-8. The universal story of the good sibling and the bad sibling is told here in a traditional Korean version with dramatic double-page-spread illustrations. The mean brother, Nolbu, drives out the younger good brother, Hu{–}ngbu, who wanders with his family in search of shelter. Hu{–}ngbu helps a small swallow and is rewarded with untold riches. His jealous brother ill-treats the bird and is punished by evil spirits and howling demons. He falls weeping into his good brother's arms, and afterward they all live together in peace and harmony. The open watercolor paintings express the conflict and reconciliation between the characters as well as their connection with the natural world around them. Hazel Rochman

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Format: Hardcover
An injured bird is nursed to health by a poor Korean farmer. When he recovers he rewards the generosity of the young man by giving him rich material rewards. The evil, rich, older brother goes out and injures a bird so that he can nurse it back to health and get a like reward. Instead he gets a just reward. A similar folk tales is the Grimm Brothers ­ The Turnip, available in an edition illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
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