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Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
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Aug 15, 11

bookshelves: newbery-medal
Read from July 22 to 28, 2011

Stories for children, particularly younger ones, should be short, or at least concise. I think Arthur Chrisman accomplished that.

I enjoyed learning the background to a few Chinese customs. In the story of Ah Tcha the Sleeper the author writes that "tcha" means tea, and "oo loong" means black dragon. Which explains the origins of the tea oo loong. Here's another example:

"...in the reign of the Emperor Ming, a crazed and knavish fellow, known to the world as Wing Dow, invented a contrivance called by him "Look-through-the-wall," but which we of today call a "window.""

Another quote I liked:
"It was lonesome work, very. Meng Hu had no companions with whom to play and chatter. The solitude oppressed him. He sometimes thought that his mind must surely break--insanity would claim him."


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