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The Seven Chinese Sisters Paperback – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807573108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807573105
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr. 2. Good old-fashioned storytelling distinguishes Tucker's thoroughly engaging tale of courage, individual talent, and teamwork. Each of the seven Chinese sisters has a noteworthy skill: the eldest rides a scooter as fast as the wind; the second knows karate; the third can count to 500 and beyond; the fourth can talk to dogs; the fifth can catch any ball; the sixth cooks delicious noodle soup. The baby's talents are as yet undiscovered. One day, a hungry red dragon from a faraway mountain smells the soup and flies straight to the sisters' house. Distracted by plump Seventh Sister, he snatches her and steals her away (Her first word is "HELP!"). Then the sisters kick into action, each utilizing her unique talent in the rescue mission (especially amusing is the fourth sister's using dog talk to communicate with the dragon). Lin, of Dim Sum for Everyone! (2001), expertly captures the drama and humor of the story with delightful paintings that reveal lovely Chinese landscapes and a quirky, not-too-scary dragon. A wonderful read-aloud. Karin Snelson
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"A wonderful readaloud."

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This is one of those books my daughters and I read again and again.
JH
THE SEVEN CHINESE SISTERS, by Kathy Tucker, is a story of family, doing your best, and working together.
Karen Joan
My kids all like to have it read to them and they can read it to themselves too.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In this all-girl version of the Chinese tall tale "The Seven Chinese Brothers," the sisters pool their amazing talents in order to save the seventh sister from a hungry dragon. First sister can "ride a scooter, fast as the wind," second sister knows karate, third sister can count to a high number...and so on. The story moves along quickly and works nicely for reading aloud.
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JH on June 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books my daughters and I read again and again. I agree with another reviewer that the tale is not particularly "tight" or super witty, but it's lovely and engaging (time after time). And the illustrations are fantastic.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Seven Chinese Sisters is a merry rendition by Kathy Tucker of a classic Chinese folk tale. Seven sisters must unite and each use her own special talent when the youngest of them is taken away by a hungry dragon. Simple and colorful artwork by Grace Lin embellishes this adventurous story. The Seven Chinese Sisters will prove to be a popular and entertaining addition to any family, school, or community library children's folktale picture book collection.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Knutson on October 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The story of how seven sisters work together to brave the unknown danger and the known danger of a dragon is delightful. My two daughters love this story. My youngest wasn't interested in it as I started reading, but by the 3rd or 4th page, had put down her crayon and was watching and listening intently. The tale of sisters helping each other and that each has a different but equally valuable talent is a good lesson. Both my girls loved the colorful pictures. It has remained on the top of our read a loud pile for quite awhile...and even made it to school as a favored show and tell.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By momof2girls on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We first came across this book at the library. My then 5 year old daughter always talked about it after we returned it, so we decided to buy it for her 6th birthday. She loves pretending to be made into soup for the dragon!It's a fun book with wonderful illustrations and a fun story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Grambo on January 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Seven Chinese sisters, each with a different talent, live together and take care of each other. When the Seventh Sister, a baby, is kidnapped by a dragon, her sisters use their talents to save her.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Blumberg-Kason VINE VOICE on December 27, 2011
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I bought this book for my 4 year old daughter, but it's quickly become a favorite of my 2 year old son, too. Each girl has a special power and they're not stereotypically gender specific. My kids especially like the 2nd sister--the karate expert--and the 7th sister--the baby. They thought the dragon was bad at first, but when they learn he's actually just very hungry, their hearts go out to him. They also like the last page. Grace Lin's illustrations are top notch, as always, and I love how all the girls wear traditional qipaos. This is a great book for all kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. King on October 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
My 3-year-old and I enjoyed reading this book together. She had a great timelearning about each sister and how everyone has her individual talents. I enjoy the book about individuality and self-reliance.
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