- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Groundwood Books (August 9, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0888996721
- ISBN-13: 978-0888996725
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,089,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Love of Two Stars: A Korean Legend Hardcover – August 9, 2005
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Kindergarten-Grade 3–An accessible retelling of a Korean legend. Kyonu was a skilled farmer whose steers were the best in the land. Jingnyo was a weaver who produced the most beautiful cloth. They fell in love and forgot about their work. This angered the king and he banished Kyonu to the End of the East and Jingnyo to the End of the West. The lovers were allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh moon month. On that day, they sadly realized that they couldn't embrace across the river of stars, and their tears flooded the Earth. The birds flew en masse to make a bridge so that the lovers could reunite. They shed gentle tears at their departure, which explains why it always rains on that day. The rich acrylic illustrations on gessoed paper swirl with life and with vivid expressions of joy and anguish. The language in Lee Mi-Ae's The Two Love Stars (Network, 1998) is more lyrical and descriptive but the illustrations are more cartoonlike. This new retelling will reach a wide audience and is a good addition to larger collections.–Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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K-Gr. 2. Using spare prose and lush acrylic artwork, Park retells the story of an ancient legend, which her grandmother told her as a child growing up in Korea. High in the starry sky, Kyonu works as a farmer and Jingnyo as a weaver. After they fall in love, they neglect their work, leaving the people hungry and ragged, so the king allows them to meet only on the seventh day of the seventh moon month. When that day comes, however, they can't reach one another, and their tears flood the earth. Finally, the birds find a way to help. They fly up and make a bridge across the Milky Way to enable the lovers to embrace. Park's unframed double-page illustrations, painted on gessoed paper to add attractive texture, show the romantic costume drama of the Korean lovers together and apart. At the same time, the rich, dark-blue mystery of the night sky, with stars and swirling curves, will touch kids everywhere. Hazel Rochman
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Top customer reviews
The story is about a girl and boy who meet and fall in love, because their love is so strong they stop doing their daily tasks and God becomes angry, sepertating the two putting the milkway between them. God then promises that they can meet one another once a year, however when the time comes for them to meet they are unable to reach each other for the space between them is to great a distance. Will the two be reunited or forever seperated weeping for their love?
I'm a big fan of Korean Mythology, I absolutly Love it, but it's hard to find any books telling the beautiful korean Legends. So when I found this book I was thrilled! This is a wonderful book that would be perfect for reading to children, or simply for any who enjoy beautiful woven tales such as 'The Love Of Two Stars'!