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Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale

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**WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL 2013-2014 MORNING CALM MEDAL**

This multicultural children's book presents a heartwarming Korean fairy tale about a little girl and a fortunate encounter.

Poverty is all Maya has ever known, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts ot
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 10th 2012 by Tuttle Publishing
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Melissa White
Oct 18, 2016 Melissa White rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story about the value of compassion, bravery and selflessness! I also love that it won a "Morning Calm" Medal which is a Korean student voted award! The story is written in a simplistic, folklore fashion and features beautiful illustrations of the characters and scenery on every page. The illustrator's use of bright colors and sharp, ink angles definitely salute authentic Asian artwork and further engage the reader in Korean culture. The book also uses culturally relevant ...more
Anthonia
Nov 22, 2016 Anthonia rated it really liked it
Great little tale of a poor girl that cares for others and puts others first. A great story for children.
Kate
Feb 11, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
This Korean Folk Tale tells the story of Maya. She and her father are poor, but live a comfortable life. Her mother is dead, but foresaw Maya's destiny of becoming a princess. One day Maya finds a little turtle. She takes him home, raising, caring for him and never knowing that he will play a part in her destiny. Beautifully illustrated and filled with fascinating nuggets of information about Korean culture, this book offers a poignant tale of the rewards of kindness, patience, courage, a loving ...more
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Dec 06, 2014 Ellon rated it really liked it
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I received this book as part of a first reads giveaway. Here is my honest review.

My favorite part of this book was the footnotes that explained different aspect of Korean culture mentioned in the book. The actual story was not my favorite fairy tale but these footnotes really added to the story. I could see using this book to teach a child a bit about Korean culture.

The illustrations were fantastic!
Kristen Mulvihill
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Elis
May 28, 2014 Elis rated it liked it
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[I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads' First Reads.]

The illustrations are gorgeous. I especially enjoyed the footnotes about Korean culture throughout. The footnotes were sometimes also humorous little asides from the story, which I enjoyed!

I wish there were more to the story, and would second other reviewers that the ending seemed really abrupt.
Mel-Mel
Apr 16, 2014 Mel-Mel rated it really liked it
I won this book from Goodreads, and I'm so glad I did! The illustrations are beautiful, warm, and engaging, and the footnotes are a wonderful touch. The text is a bit lengthy for a traditional picturebook, but overall I'm proud to add it to my library.
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It's hard not to enjoy a book that features an enormous flying killer centipede and a prince who rides a stegosaurus.
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I received this book free, through Good Reads First Reads.

Wonderful story!
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