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The story of paper
Compestine, Ying Chang.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Holiday House, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
After the Kang brothers get in trouble at school, they devise a way to make paper, which will make things easier for both their teacher and themselves. Includes a historical note and a recipe for home-made paper.
Reading Level:
670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 72749.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.2 2 Quiz: 34038 Guided reading level: M.
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After the Kang brothers get in trouble at school, the devise a way to make paper, which will make things easier for both their teacher and themselves.

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. The ingenious Kang brothers, seen last in The Story of Kites BKL Ap 15 03, return for another entrepreneurial adventure. Attending school in a prepaper era, the boys work out their schoolwork with sticks in the dirt, and when they misbehave, their teacher writes notes to their parents on their hands, where all their neighbors can see. Hoping to come up with a more discreet solution for conveying their teacher's messages, the boys are inspired while making flat sheets of rice cakes for their parents. Substituting leaves and rags for rice, they create sheets of a new material--paper--that makes its way to the emperor and sends the Kang family into the papermaking business. Children may have a hard time following the story's technical details and even some of the logic, but this title offers a starting point to introduce paper's intriguing origins, and the brothers' reversal from troublemakers to heroes will appeal to many young people, as will Xuan's colorful, expertly crafted cut-paper illustrations. A factual author's note and a recipe for homemade paper close the book. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-The irrepressible Kang boys are now credited with the invention of paper. The three brothers struggle to concentrate on their math as they write their answers on the ground with sticks, an early Chinese method of doing schoolwork, but playing with bugs distracts them. Annoyed, their teacher prints a note to their parents on each of their hands and admonishes them to hold their arms in the air so the ink will dry without smudging. Ting, Pan, and K?ai try to hide the messages as they race through the village, but everyone they pass asks to read what the schoolmaster has written. Their shame leads to a search for something better to write on. While helping Mama make mash for rice cakes, K?ai suggests that they soak their mother's silk sewing scraps the same way. After several days of waiting and vigorous mashing, the boys pour the pulp into the trays used to drain mashed rice. Now they have an invention that will keep their teacher's comments a secret from prying eyes. Cut-paper illustrations are a fitting accompaniment to this amusing account of the discovery of papermaking. With bold black outlines and vivid coloration against a white, marbled background, the artwork captures the action as the boys exercise their ingenuity. Endnotes include information about the origin of paper and simple instructions for making it in a mason jar.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.