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Ten suns : a Chinese legend
Kimmel, Eric A.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
When the ten sons of Di Jun walk across the sky together causing the earth to burn from the blazing heat, their father looks for a way to stop the destruction.
Reading Level:
AD 530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 27699.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.2 2 Quiz: 23674 Guided reading level: P.
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PZ8.1.K567 TE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Ten suns threaten to destroy the earth.

Author Notes

Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois.

He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award.

Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Master storyteller Kimmel takes a traditional Chinese legend and gives it a fresh retelling. The 10 "suns" (sons) of Di Jun, the emperor of the eastern sky, usually walk across the sky one at a time, warming the earth during the day and sleeping at night. One day, however, they tire of their routine and decide to walk across the sky together. The emperor loves his sons, but he knows that their walking together will create more heat than Earth can bear. Unable to convince them to abandon their plan, he sends for the Archer of Heaven to shoot them down, one at a time. He realizes just in time that if the archer succeeds in destroying all his sons, the earth will be condemned to everlasting darkness and cold. Kimmel's narrative and the dramatic illustrations by Chinese artist Xuan work wonderfully together to create a beautiful tale of Chinese gods, misuse of power, and heroism that restores the faith of a people. --Helen Rosenberg

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4ÄAccording to a Chinese legend, Di Jun, the god of the eastern sky, has 10 children. Each day, the 10 suns take turns crossing the heavens. The people of the Earth bless them in their prayers, and all is well, until the day the boys take it into their heads to cross the sky all together. With 10 suns shining down, crops wither and burn, seas boil, and people faint on the scorched ground. A great hero, Hu Yi, comes to the rescue. The mighty archer shoots down nine suns, leaving one to warm the Earth. The falling suns become crows, who now greet their brother every morning as he rises to cross the sky. Cyril Birch's Chinese Myths and Fantasies (Oxford, 1993) contains a longer version of the legend, and it is briefly summarized in Song Nan Zhang's Five Heavenly Emperors (Tundra, 1994). Xuan uses glowing colors to portray gods and men in heroic proportions, especially Yi, the well-muscled archer. The pictures alternate fiery reds and yellows with cool blues and greens, suggesting a cosmic struggle between the elements of fire and water. Their stylized, sculptured depiction of mountains, wind, water, fire, and people sets a distant, lofty tone. A brief source note is appended. Interesting to compare with the myth of Pha`thon, this is an accessible, authentic version of a Chinese legend.ÄMargaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.