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Mr. Pak Buys a Story

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The unusual story that a wealthy couple's servant buys from a thief proves to be well worth the price.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Allie Maas
Mar 01, 2016 Allie Maas rated it liked it
Title: Mr. Pak Buys a Story
Author: Carol Farley
Illustrator: Benrei Huang
Genre: Non-European Folktale (Korea)
Theme(s): Storytelling, Korea, Robbers
Opening Line/sentence:
When tigers smoked long pipes, an old man and his wife lived in the land of Korea.

Brief Book Summary:
A wealthy man and his wife long to hear a story for entertainment, to remedy this they send out their trusted servant Mr. Pak to buy a story. Mr. Pak ventures to the village for a very nice tale when he is tricked by a greedy robb
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Jordan Brovelli
I chose "Mr. Pak Buys a Story" by Carol Farley and illustrated by Benrei Huang. I chose this book book for my culture book because I think it is a good representation of Asian culture due to the use of story telling. Story telling is bug if Asian culture and many stories get told through word of mouth and are passed down from generation to generation. In this story, Mr. Pak works for the Kim family and they family is in search of new story for entertainment. Mr. Pak goes into town to buy a story ...more
Amber Lewis
Apr 16, 2013 Amber Lewis rated it really liked it
Mr. Pak Buys a Story was a great book. This book is about Mr. Pak who works for a family named the Kim's. The family is interested in buying another story to retell for entertainment and send Mr. Pak in search if one. The story takes a turn when Mr. Pak unknowingly buys a fake story from a thief who wanted to con him out of his money. This story is a great book because it teaches students about the Asian culture. They are able to learn how important the art of story telling is. The illustrations ...more
RobesonBoys
Oct 15, 2011 RobesonBoys rated it really liked it
Don't know if the boys loved it, but I did. It is a great illustration of the way that words can describe more than one thing. I always love the play that happens when authors get meta ... books about books and all that. Fun story to sit with.
David
Nov 10, 2008 David rated it liked it
This was a really clever story. It was fun to see where they went with it. The writing was quite simple, however, so it would be more preschool appropriate than older child.
Yapha
Jan 12, 2015 Yapha rated it really liked it
This fun retelling of a Korean folktale shows the true power of stories. They can save you in ways you do not understand and might not even know. A fun read-aloud with a deeper message.
LP Reads
A story about stories. Parents will enjoy the metaphors and kids can explore the idea that words can be used to describe more than one thing. Fun book.
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