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White Tiger, Blue Serpent
by Grace Tseng
From a poor, infertile region of China came a young boy named Kai to confront a ferocious white tiger, a monsterous blue serpent, and the greedy goddess Qin -- and by his heroism to win prosperity for his people. Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council
Published May 1st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Mar 05, 2013 Nathan Willard rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I really liked this retelling of a Chinese folk tale. It centers on a young boy who thrusts himself into continuous work so that his mother may weave and keep the most beautiful brocade in the (barren and gray) world. In so doing, he unknowingly gives himself the strength to successfully battle the goddess who keeps all the bounty and beauty of the earth in her realm. When he battles to retrieve the brocade, all the plants and animals escape from it to populate his world. I loved the ...more