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The Rainbow People

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"Culled from 69 stories collected in a [1930s] WPA project, [these 20] tales are organized into sections with themes like 'Tricksters' or 'Virtues and Vices,' each with a thoughtful introduction placing the individual stories in the context of feelings and background of the original tellers. Yep's telling is vigorous, often poetic, imbued with earthy humor and realism touc...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 30th 1992 by HarperCollins (first published December 31st 1989)
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This book is very different from the other book. This book is like a collection of Chinese folktales. There are so many different folktales on human, animals and ghost. Within each folktale, it has an adage that teach people lesson. One of the folktales is about a man who keeps lying to his wife to deceive for money. Once he tells a lie, he has to keep make up more lie to cover the one before. It is endless because when you try to tell the true, no one will believe you. When your reputation is g...more
A book of Chinese / American folktales, cleaned up somewhat (ie made kid-friendly) and given clearer narrative arcs (ie made American-friendly) by Lawrence Yep. Raises issues for me, like the fact that so many of the stories have "morals" about the virtues of obedience and industriousness -- and there's the overall issue of folklore in general (not just "ethnic" folklore) being treated as if it's mainly for kids (infantilizing folk culture is a bad habit of literary culture and other commercial...more
1. Genre- Multicultural
2. Awards- None
3. Grade Level- 5-6
4. This is a collection of Chinese folktales. I can use this collection to compare the differences and similarities between European and Chinese folktales. As an activity, I will read a few of the folktales in this book and then read similar folktales from a European viewpoint. The students will then be asked to compare the two. This will show that the students understand how folktales have many similarities but also are very distinct to t...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
This is a nice collection of folktales told in an engaging manner. Some of them are pretty memorable, perhaps because they can be a bit gory and appealing to multiple age levels. I thought the commentary on themes was great but would have appreciated mini annotations before or after each story since I obviously wouldn't be familiar with the stories before reading them. I was listening on audio, which made it difficult to flip back to Yep's introductions as well. Listening to these while driving...more
Really solid collection that ticked nearly all the boxes: engaging retellings, interesting focus, and unique additions to the field. My only real annoyance was its wishy-washy interpretations of the tales during the section introductions; I would have much preferred more solid contextual information or nothing at all.
Kassie Houston
Grade: 5-6
Award(s): none
Genre: multicutral

This boook is filled with Chinese folktales. I would go over the history of how European folktales used to be written for kids, not sparing their innocence. I would have the students choose their own section of the book that they would like to talk about comparing and contrasting the two. This will show the students undering. Also, it will allow them to see how far literature, mostly children, has evolved.

Entertaining and short! The stories will carry you into their world of myths, legends, and folktales that make you want to read and read until the book is done.

It took me two days to complete this amazing book! The stories were quick, fun, and scary.

I have a few favorites and can't wait to share them with my students!

Anyone who has read scary ghost stories and or mysteries would love this book!
Winson Chin(nese) Chen
In the book, the wanderer decides to avenge the people who are living in the mountains. The wizard made the people work for him for many, many hours a day. I think he did this because he didn't want the people to go through this hard work everyday.
Good collection of short stories, I have too many other great books to read at the moment so I am returning this to the library without reading all of them (no over-arching narrative).
Some of these short stories were kind of interesting since I'm from China, but a lot of them were boring or seemed kind of piontless.
Great collection of folk and fairy tales from China by one of the best writers of YA Chinese-American historical fiction!
Twenty Chinese fairy tales, which were entertaining and interesting. These fairy tales can be enjoyed by the young and by adults.
Awesome book of folktales from China. Would be great to use in a comparison unit with folktales in different countries.
It was a really good book. It was fast, fun reading. A great collection of short stories.
20 short stories
Counts as 2 books
Interesting and sometimes strange.
i love these folktales they facisinate me especialy the ghost bride!
collection of short stories that inspire and teach
Great compilation of stories/folk tales.
Ethan Rose
Interesting sample of folk lore from china
I'm reading this book for school.
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Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After...more
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