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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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Dec 29, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple Andersen tale about an emperor who covets a nightingale that others have praised until his courtiers fashion a jeweled, mechanical bird deemed to sing even better. The nightingale, enjoying his return to freedom, flies away but returns again to sing as the emperor lies alone on his deathbed. A clear parallel to Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree (unselfish giving is its own reward) and also to the folk tale John Henry (living creature bests technology). My favorite illustrations contras ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-reads
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.
Apr 13, 2011 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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