Grandfather Tang's Story

Grandfather Tang's Story : A Tale Told with Tangrams

By (author) Ann Tompert , Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

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Illus. in full color. "Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies. Parker's pen-and-watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insets will motivate children to try their own versions. Ingenious."-- "Bulletin, Center for Children's Books."

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.46 x 5.08mm | 110g
  • 28 May 1998
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Crown Publications
  • New York
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 0517885581
  • 9780517885581
  • 37,693

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Borrowing a pair of fox fairies from Chinese folklore, Tompert tells a story about a series of magical changes, in each case including an appropriate tangram. (A tangram is a square divided into seven geometric figures that can be rearranged to represent any number of things.) At first, the foxes change themselves into a predator and a pursued animal, with subsequent changes preserving that relationship; ultimately, the predator drops his aggressive role and joins his friend as a goose, just in time to help him after he is wounded by hunters. A deftly fashioned framing story helps introduce the tangram concept, which is also explained in a note. Parker's gently suggestive illustrations echo both the cleverly arranged tangrams and the animals they represent. A nicely worked-out tribute to a bit of Chinese cultural heritage. (Kirkus Reviews)

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"Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies. Parker's pen-and-watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insets will motivate children to try their own versions."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

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