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Emperor and the Nightingale

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This version of the Hans Christian Anderson tale, originally an Oriental folktale re-told, is set in mid-19th century China. The text's illustrations present authentic detail, from Manchu head-dresses to the rose-madder walls of the Forbidden City.
Published March 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published September 1st 2000)
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this is one of those books which really change your perspective on things. In this particular case, beauty. I was reared on chinese culture and I really enjoyed china and japan when I was younger and this is just another book which affirmed my love of asia.
I first heard the story when I got a cartoon dvd of hans christian anderson, and I really liked it. I also found it in a really beautiful and compact e-book compilation of hans tales on google play books which I have only just re-discovered....more
The emperor has a bird that sings to him every day. The court creates a mechanical copy of the bird that also sings, so the bird is sad and goes away. The emperor gets sick, and he needs the real bird to sing to him. This is a good book for teaching children that technology is sometimes not a good replacement for other things.
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