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The Story of the Three Kingdoms Paperback – January 2, 1997


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Myers (Brown Angels) and Bryan (Sing to the Sun) make a dynamite team. Here, the hot colors, sweeping lines and stylized figures that characterize Bryan's art form a bold backdrop for the author's equally dramatic original fable. Long ago, Myers writes, the world was divided into three kingdoms: earth, ruled by Elephant; sea, ruled by Shark; and air, ruled by Hawk. The three quarrel mightily as to who is greatest, and they laugh at the People, who, they say, exist only to do their bidding. With time, the People outwit the haughty trio by learning from the stories they tell around the fire at night. The tale of a child catching a butterfly at rest, for instance, sparks a plan to capture Hawk in the baobab tree. In the end, the People realize they have the greatest power of all: "the gift of story and the wisdom it brings." Using repetition and a stately cadence, Myers invests his prose with a timeless air; together, he and Bryan provide for a memorable read-aloud experience. Ages 6-9.
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Ages 5-8. Long ago, Elephant ruled the forest kingdom, Shark ruled the sea kingdom, and Hawk ruled the sky kingdom. When new creatures called the People appear, they fear Elephant, Shark, and Hawk, but through their experiences and their storytelling, the People gain mastery over the three kingdoms. Told with dignity, this literary fable celebrates the significance of storytelling as a source of communal experience and wisdom. The artwork features full-page scenes of African people and animals as well as smaller panels of abstract designs. Unusual color combinations and rhythmic compositions give the illustrations a sense of dynamic movement. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064434753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064434751
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,302,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
I am teaching art based on literature. I just added this book to my art library. The illustrations are wonderful, perfect for a class on African art or working with chalks. The text is as lively as the illustrations and the kids just love the three animal characters
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The story was interesting and gave the children a sense of anticipation and imagination. The illustrations especially the colors were also excellant.
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