Jade Stone, The

Jade Stone, The : A Chinese Folktale

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When the great emperor of China demands that Chan Lo carve him a dragon of wind and fire, Chan Lo is overwhelmed. No matter how hard he listens to the perfect jade stone, he does not hear dragons. This Chinese folktale is warmly illustrated, evoking the majesty of ancient China and the gentle message of artistic truth.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 254 x 203 x 8.38mm | 322g
  • Gretna, LA, United States
  • English
  • 31 full colour illustrations
  • 1589803590
  • 9781589803596
  • 1,419,637

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Named a Best Picture Book by San Francisco Chronicle and Book Links

Selected for California Collections by California Readers, 2000

*"A wonderful read aloud, with great sound effects . . . a tale of artistic integrity told with artful simplicity . . . accessible to young children."
-- Kirkus Reviews starred review

"Yacowitz's thoughtful adaptation of a traditional Chinese folktale explores the theme of truth in art." --Booklist

* "With its rhythm and sounds, this adaptation of a Chinese folktale begs to be read aloud. Visually it advances like the unrolling of an oriental scroll . . . A satisfying tale, whether read aloud or pored over alone to pick up the whimsical humor of the illustrations." --School Library Journal starred review

Chan Lo is a humble stone carver who is given a perfect piece of green and white jade to carve by the Great Emperor of All China. Is there a dragon in the stone, as the Emperor demands? What does Chan Lo hear the stone say? What does it want to be?
When Chan Lo finally succumbs to the stone's true wishes, the emperor is furious and throws him in prison. Can the spirit of the jade stone save the stone carver's life?
Warmly illustrated by painter Ju-Hong Chen, this Chinese folktale offers a clear and gentle message of artistic truth and a lesson in staying true to one's self.

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Author Caryn Yacowitz lives in Palo Alto, California. She has published eleven children's books, including a series of books on Native Americans, and her poetry and plays have appeared in several anthologies. She holds a master of arts degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University and an undergraduate degree in history/political science from Rutgers University. Ms. Yacowitz teaches writing at several colleges and universities in northern California. Her picture book Pumpkin Fiesta was named to the California Collections in 2005.
Illustrator, designer, and painter Ju-Hong Chen was born in Shanghai, China. Since moving to America in 1982, he has illustrated a number of children's books. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with his wife and daughter.
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4 46% (11)
3 21% (5)
2 4% (1)
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