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Title:
Chinese mythology
Author:
Collier, Irene Dea.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Pub., [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.9 3.0 50010.
ISBN:
9780766014121
Format :
Book

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Chinese Mythology takes a look at the more philosophical side of creation stories and myths. The myths contain strong influences from Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Each chapter is followed by a Question and Answer section which covers characters, themes, and symbols. An Expert Commentary section enhances the myths with opinions by noted scholars. Wonderful original illustrations accompany the text.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Chinese Mythology provides useful historical background to mythical and historical dynasties. Ten stories about creation, prehistory, and various legends include popular and lesser-known tales. Legends taken from various philosophies are presented. Wolfson's simple yet occasionally bland retelling of a combination of nine familiar and rare tales would be useful in an instructional setting. Each tale is preceded by an introduction and followed by academic questions with answers and expert commentary. Tales from the Tsimshians, Salish, Maidu, Cherokees, Blackfeet, Cheyennes, Hopi, Anishinabes, and Micmacs result in a wide span of coverage. Bock's black-and-white illustrations provide no enhancement to the tales. Both books are compact and strictly organized, allowing students to cover broad ground quickly. Unfortunately, they lack textual zest and illustrative flair, making their use purely an intellectual exercise rather than a memorable delight.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.