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The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale

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Acclaimed author-illustrator Ed Young breathes new life into the ancient Chinese folktale of a horse that brings extraordinary reversals of fortune to its trusting owner.

A timeless fable, The Lost Horse teaches of the ever-changing fortunes of life.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1998)
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Chasity Russell
Curricular Connections: I would use this book in a classroom to teach children about Acceptance in the real world. It would help them and teach them that things can and will happen. Sometimes you will be able to make a change and sometimes you won’t but at least you can try. These TEKS are for older children who will be able to understand what Acceptance is. This book can also be used to teach students about the Chinese culture and myths.

§110.16. English Language Arts and Reading, Grade 5, Begin
Dione Basseri
Apr 01, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
Whatever happens, happens, for good or for ill. A man teaches his friends about the twists of fate, as he takes what comes with little complaint. What seems good for him turns bad, and vice-versa. And thus all learn a bit of zen. Acceptance.

It's an interesting little story, and I wish I got to see the puppet that comes along with this! Sadly, it was a library book, so no puppet for me. But just on the book quality, I actually like this a lot. Kids deal with so many ups and downs, and this book t
The story of Sai, a Chinese man who believes everything happens for a reason. With every hardship (the loss of his horse, the injury of his son, etc.) he says, "You know, it may not be such a bad thing." One wrong helps prevent something worse.

Like all of Ed Young's picture books, this one has gorgeous illustrations. Very little text on each page with plenty of repetition make it a fast read aloud.
Dec 07, 2012 Elaine rated it really liked it
The Lost Horse was a pleasant and simple story about life's misfortunes. The content of the story flowed very well and the watercolor painting illustrations were very nice. The cardboard puppet set was a great accompaniment which was well received by audience of 3 children during storytime.
Dec 11, 2012 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy the artwork in this book. The Chinese styled drawings were very good. I even enjoyed the premises of the story, but didn't think that it was very well developed. This book was just too simple.
Nov 18, 2012 Renée rated it it was amazing
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This folktale was a good tie in the exhibits we had seen at the Royal Ontario Museum... beautifully illustrated and a lovely tale, it did a really insightful job of exploring the changing fortunes of life and showing that seeming misfortune may actually be a blessing...
A good parable about accepting life's changing fortunes. Read to my leadership class by our professor on the last day.
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Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Among his books is the Caldecott Medal winner Lon Po Po, which he both wrote and illustrated. He says that his work is inspired by the philosophy of Chinese painting. He lives in Westchester County, New York.
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