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The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale

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Publisher Comments:

Acclaimed author-illustrator Ed Young breathes new life into the ancient Chinese folktale of a horse that brings extraordinary reversals of fortune to its trusting owner.

A timeless fable, The Lost Horse teaches of the ever-changing fortunes of life.

Review:

"Both text and art are elegantly spare in Young's (Lon Po Po) newest retelling of a Chinese folktale, which may be among the Caldecott Medalist's finest works. Sai, introduced as a wise man, loses his horse; when people arrive to comfort him, he tells them, 'You know, it may not be such a bad thing.' It proves, in fact, to be fortunate: the horse returns with a mare. Sai rejects his friends' congratulations ('Perhaps it is not such a good thing'), and he is right again (the mare throws Sai's son). This pattern continues, and by the end, Sai's son, like his father, 'trust[s] in the ever changing fortunes of life.' It's a relatively metaphysical lesson for a picture book, but Young's restrained and even suspenseful telling brings the message home warmly and appealingly. The illustrations — subtle collages with pastels and watercolor — eschew Young's often characteristic abstractions in favor of a delicate, slightly flattened style, reminiscent of traditional Chinese painting. Tranquil scenes of Sai's exchanges with his neighbors alternate with dramatic spreads (e.g., the dappled horse rearing, a lightning bolt in the sky behind it). As a bonus, three laminated, jointed paper figures of Sai, his son and the horse are tucked into a plastic sleeve on the back jacket. An author's note exhorts readers to use these figures to 'extend the story beyond the limits of these pages.' No doubt they will. Ages 5-8. " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A Caldecott Medalist's magnificent retelling of a Chinese folktale

Synopsis:

The acclaimed author-illustrator breathes new life into the ancient Chinese folktale of a horse that brings extraordinary reversals of fortune to its trusting owner. Full color.

About the Author

ED YOUNG is the renowned author-illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China and the Caldecott Honor book Seven Blind Mice. He lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780152050238
Author:
Young, Ed
Publisher:
Voyager Paperbacks
Author:
Adams, Tracey
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country/Ethnic-General
Subject:
Animals - Horses
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Asian
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Literature / Classics
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
China
Subject:
Folklore -- China.
Subject:
Children s Fairy Tales-General
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Horses
Edition Description:
Trade Paper, Picture
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 1 to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in 0.3 lb
Age Level:
06-09

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Product details 32 pages Voyager Books - English 9780152050238 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Both text and art are elegantly spare in Young's (Lon Po Po) newest retelling of a Chinese folktale, which may be among the Caldecott Medalist's finest works. Sai, introduced as a wise man, loses his horse; when people arrive to comfort him, he tells them, 'You know, it may not be such a bad thing.' It proves, in fact, to be fortunate: the horse returns with a mare. Sai rejects his friends' congratulations ('Perhaps it is not such a good thing'), and he is right again (the mare throws Sai's son). This pattern continues, and by the end, Sai's son, like his father, 'trust[s] in the ever changing fortunes of life.' It's a relatively metaphysical lesson for a picture book, but Young's restrained and even suspenseful telling brings the message home warmly and appealingly. The illustrations — subtle collages with pastels and watercolor — eschew Young's often characteristic abstractions in favor of a delicate, slightly flattened style, reminiscent of traditional Chinese painting. Tranquil scenes of Sai's exchanges with his neighbors alternate with dramatic spreads (e.g., the dappled horse rearing, a lightning bolt in the sky behind it). As a bonus, three laminated, jointed paper figures of Sai, his son and the horse are tucked into a plastic sleeve on the back jacket. An author's note exhorts readers to use these figures to 'extend the story beyond the limits of these pages.' No doubt they will. Ages 5-8. " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A Caldecott Medalist's magnificent retelling of a Chinese folktale

"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed author-illustrator breathes new life into the ancient Chinese folktale of a horse that brings extraordinary reversals of fortune to its trusting owner. Full color.

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