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The Seven Chinese Sisters Paperback – January 1, 2003
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As always, Grace Lin's illustrations are a visual treat--from the sisters' azure dresses to the bright red dragon to the textured background of green grasses and light blue sky. Her style is simple, yet rich with Chinese patterning and design.
There is a lot to like in this book with its model of strong can-do girls who use their heads, even in the face of a terrible dragon.
However, any update will invariably be compared to the original story, and here I find the "sisters" story seems a little more diluted and lacking in dramatic tension than its "brother" counterpart. In The Seven Chinese Brothers (by Margaret Mahy) the brothers use their superhuman powers to continuously outwit their would-be executioners. The pleasure in this book comes from being able to predict how each brother will outwit the adversary.
Though the sisters' talents complement each other nicely, the story is not as tightly crafted & the sense of anticipation is not as strong.
That said, both books are well reading to your children, as evidenced by my four-year-old daughter who asked me to read it over and over the first two days we had the book.
Note: If you liked the illustrations in this book, Grace Lin has illustrated several other excellent books for the 4-8 year-old set. Among them are Red is a Dragon, Round is a Mooncake, Dim Sum for Everyone and Kite Flying.
I found it hard to remember which sister had which talent, and it bothered me that the sisters promised the hungry dragon that they would bring him some food, and then they didn't. I know, who would want to make the trip back and maybe get eaten by the dragon, right? But then why did they say they'd be back tomorrow with soup? Bright colors illustrate this picture book for ages 3-7.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this hoping for a companion to The Five Chinese Brothers. It was not. Stick with the classic.Published 4 months ago by Teacher Guy
No comparison to the Five Chinese Brothers. It is such a weak example of literature for girls. It perpetuates sexism. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alice Mann
This book stinks! Boring terrible writing and makes little sense.Published 11 months ago by M. Bojczuk
This book has gotten so much play from 5 year old twins since they were 2. Love the art. Love the girls solving their own plight.Published 11 months ago by Becky T
Great story and illustrations. My 5 1/2 year old loves this book.Published 11 months ago by Annonymous
My youngest granddaughter who is two really loves the sisters taking care of each other and the dragon sharing their noodles. Her sister at 6 was also infatuated.Published 16 months ago by Ewhudson
White lady author has Chinese people doing karate (um, karate is Japanese... okay, sure, there are probably lots of Chinese people who study karate, but kind of uncomfortable,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by GrumpyTheDwarf