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The Topsy-Turvy Emperor of China

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pThe mean and monstrously ugly Emperor Cho Cho Shang decrees that everything in China be the opposite of what it was-the just and beautiful becomes unjust and ugly; cruel and hideous is now fair and lovely. The kingdom is hopelessly topsy-turvy until a few brave souls, starting with the Emperor's own son, decide to resist the madness and put things right again. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 1st 1971 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1971)
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Apr 15, 2015 Mariana Orantes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siempre que voy a Chihuahua me dicen que allá no hay buenos libros; que nada se consigue, que las novedades son muy caras y en los de viejo no hay nada. No sé por qué dicen eso si una de las razones principales por las que voy a Chihuahua es para conseguir libros. En las de viejo he encontrado verdaderos tesoros y en la única Educal de la región siempre encuentro algo. Esta vez no fue la excepción; en la Educal tenían en remate varios libros, entre ellos estas joyas editadas por conaculta e ...more
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Sadly, this edition is out of print (maybe all editions are). Emperor Ching Ching Shang and the empress have a son, Cho Cho Shang, who sadly is monstrously ugly. He has "a nose like a bulldog, lips like the snout of a pig, a low forehead like an ape, and the long ears of an ass." (William Pene du Bois's illustration of the baby Cho Cho is worth the price of admission.) When Cho Cho becomes emperor, he passes laws to declare ugliness beauty, injustice justice; opera singers must caw like crows ...more
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Sep 11, 2009 Liuba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very wise and realistic legend story comprises the life customs of several generations of Chinese rulers (Emperor Ching Ching Shang, his son Cho Cho Shang and grandson Prince Ling Ling), their families and citizenship. They are really not comparison and you will not get bored!
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Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish American author of Jewish descent, noted for his short stories. He was one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
His memoir, "A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw", won the U.S. National Book Award in Children's Literature in 1970, while his collection "A Crown of Feathers
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