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Korean children's favorite stories
Kim, So-un, 1907-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Tuttle Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
95 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"First edition, January 1955."
The story bag -- The pheasant, the dove, and the magpie -- The bridegroom's shopping -- The bad tiger -- The great flood -- The pumpkin seeds -- The tiger and the rabbit -- The green leaf -- The three little girls -- The snake and the toad -- The grateful tiger -- The three princesses -- The disowned student.
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GR342 .K49 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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This colorfully illustrated multicultural Korean children's book presents Korean fairy tales and other folk stories--providing insight into a vibrant literary culture.

Korean Children's Favorite Stories is a captivating collection of Korean folktales for children which are still being told, just as they have been for generations. Some are Korean-specific, while others echo those told in other countries. Written with wit and pathos, they unveil the inevitable foibles of people everywhere and expose the human-like qualities of animals and the animal-like qualities of humans.

These Korean fables pulsate with the rhythm of life and the seasons, transporting the reader to a wonderland where ants talk, a baby rabbit outwits a tiger, a tree fathers a child, and a toad saves a whole village.

Korean stories include: The Story Bag The Pheasant, the Dove, and the Magpie The Bridegroom's Shopping The Bad Tiger The Great Flood The Pumpkin Seeds The Grateful Tiger The Three Princesses And more... The Children's Favorite Stories series was created to share the folktales and legends most beloved by children in the East with young readers of all backgrounds in the West. Other multicultural children's books in this series include: Asian Children's Favorite Stories, Indian Children's Favorite Stories, Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories, Japanese Children's Favorite Stories, Singapore Children's Favorite Stories, Filipino Favorite Children's Stories, Favorite Children's Stories from China & Tibet, Chinese Children's Favorite Stories, Balinese Children's Favorite Stories, and Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories .

Author Notes

Kim So-un was an eminent Korean storyteller and a specialist in Korean poetry and folklore. A former journalist for a major newspaper and chief editor of the Korean Children's Educational Institute, he published some two dozen books during his lifetime, including anthologies of poetry, folktales, folklore, folk songs and critical essays. Kim So-un is the author of Korean Children's Favorite Stories.

Jeong Kyoung-Sim is a graduate of the College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University. She has illustrated five books for children and three for adults. In her work, she uses traditional colors and painting methods to express a sense of Korean aesthetics. Jeong Kyoung-Sim is the illustrator of Korean Children's Favorite Stories.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6, younger for reading aloud. This collection of 13 Korean folktales was originally published in 1955 as The Story Bag. Kyoung-Sim's new watercolor illustrations, filled with animals, demons, and resourceful folk, make this edition much more attractive, and the short, straightforward retellings are well suited for independent reading as well as for reading aloud. The handsome anthology will enrich multicultural studies and expand folklore collections. --Linda Perkins Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

After collecting the literature of Japan and Bali, author Kim So-un and artist Jeong Kyoung-Sim introduce a host of characters in Korean Children's Favorite Stories, including a wily old woman who outwits "The Bad Tiger" and, in "The Pumpkin Seeds," a pair of brothers-one proud, one humble-who get their just deserts. Smoky watercolors bring other creatures, such as demons and snakes, to life as well. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 5-These 13 tales first appeared in Story Bag: A Collection of Korean Folk Tales (Tuttle, 1955; o.p.) and have been newly illustrated. Though no source notes are included, an introduction by the author speaks to the authenticity of the selections. The collection includes elements shared by many cultures, such as a flood story, and others with a unique sensibility. A variety of animals appear, including tigers, both good and bad, and snakes, depicted as dragons. The delicate watercolor illustrations make the stories accessible to children, and the square format and the calligraphic quality of the titles contribute to the overall sense of design. Appropriately, the opening tale speaks to the importance of sharing stories, and this collection succeeds in making these little-known offerings accessible to a new audience.-Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.