- Age Range: 2 and up
- Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
- Lexile Measure: AD930L (What's this?)
- Series: Picture Puffins
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140557393
- ISBN-13: 978-0140557398
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.1 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Picture Puffins) Paperback – November 1, 1995
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A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord who wants to show off the bird's magnificent plumage. But the wild creature pines for his mate. When Yasuko, the kitchen maid, releases the bird against her lord's command, she and the one-eyed servant, Shozo, are sentenced to death. The grateful bird intends to return their kindness, but can he outsmart the cruel lord?
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year.
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A one-eyed samurai is unjustly forced to be a servant in this Japanese folktale; PW praised Paterson's retelling as "rich with magic, compassion and love," and the Dillons' pastel and watercolor illustrations as "exquisite." Ages 5-8.
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For me, though, this book goes way beyond reasonable standards, well into the things I favor in a very personal and subjective way. I take immense pleasure ukiyo-e prints, the classical Japanese woodcut style that these modern artists imitate. I first saw the picture of the sleeping couple as a greeting card, and found it affectionate and romantic, with a tiny chaste hint of very grown-up love - that image led me to hunt this book down. The one-eyed samurai has meaning in my family, too. And the "madarin ducks" of the title, traditional symbols of fidelity, have a strong and affectionate significance for me for utterly personal reasons.
So I recommend this book to anyone with a read-to-me kid. It's very easy for anyone to like. For me, though, a striking set of coincidences make this a truly memorable work.
Sybil Blazej-Yee, Librarian and Artist and
Children's Book Author