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The Kite Fighters

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In a riveting narrative set in fifteenth-century Korea, two brothers discover a shared passion for kites. Kee-sup can craft a kite unequaled in strength and beauty, but his younger brother, Young-sup, can fly a kite as if he controlled the wind itself. Their combined skills attract the notice of Korea's young king, who chooses Young-sup to fly the royal kite in the New Yea ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 20th 2000 by Clarion Books (first published 2000)
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Barb Middleton
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Like Seesaw Girl, this book deals with choices in life. Some choices we can choose: the choice of occupation, the choice of attitude, the choice of following traditions. Some choices we cannot choose: choice of being a boy or girl, the choice of siblings, or the choice of birth order. Young-sup is second to his brother, Kee-sup, where 15th century Korean traditions are such that their father treats the second son different than the first son. The firstborn is the only sibling that gets to go to ...more
Ahmed
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Young-sup holds a kite in his hand, he knows exactly how to make it fly. His older brother, Kee-sup, struggles to launch his kite, but he knows exactly how to construct one that is beautiful in form and perfectly balanced. One day, the young king of Korea suddenly arrives with all of his attendants on the hillside where the brothers are playing with their matching tiger kites. He requests their help in learning to fly one, and then asks Kee-sup to make a kite for him. The boy is deeply hono ...more
Siliang Lei
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give the book, “The Kite Fighters,” 5 out of 5 stars. The book takes place in Korea and wonderfully describes the relationship between two brothers. The two brothers were Kee-sup and Young-sup. Since Keep-sup was older than Young-sup, he was given most of the respect in the family. They both love kites and specialize in parts of a kite. In the book, the two brothers work together to build a magnificent kite. Besides their rivalry, the end product was fabulous. This shows that with teamwo ...more
Tyler Sherwin
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book the Kite Fighter by Linda Sue Park is about two young brothers named Kee-sup and Young-sup that both admire kites, and the sport that goes along with it, Kite Fighting. Kee-sup has many troubles trying to fly kites which stresses him knowing he is the oldest. However, he is very talented at designing and creating them. On the other hand, Young-sup is very gifted with amazing kite flying skills, and knows exactly how to handle them. He even claims "the kite talks him" which helps him man ...more
Nina
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
4.5/5*

It's a great book for those who want to learn more about Korean. I also like the illustrations. The pointillism technique reminds me of the time when I was an Art teacher last year.


Just like in most countries in Asia, the eldest in the family has more privilege and priorities than the younger ones. But in this story both boys realized their strengths and weaknesses and gained victory in an annual kite match. There was a quarrel between them though, about being the oldest and the younger, t
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Brenda
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Battle of the Books read 2012
Shelves: fiction
Kite Fighters takes place in 1473 Seoul, Korea. Brothers Young-sup and older brother Kee-sup are soon to be celebrating the New Year. Each year the festivity includes a kite fighting competition. When older brother Kee-sup receives a kite and has difficulty flying it, Young-sup helps him and learns that he has a knack for kite flying. Eager to have his own kite, Young-sup asks his brother to build and design one for him. Instead, Kee-sup agrees to help him build it. As the brothers practice thei ...more
Elizabeth
Another carpool selection that all the kids gave a thumbs up, though they don't want to live in a culture where kids have to be that respectful to olders including siblings (though the older two did have some fun trying to get the youngers talk like that).
I enjoyed both the story and the narrator's slight Asian accent. It is always a good reminder of how the world is a big place!
Fernanda Ledezma

It's easy to read and that's great
Bethany
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a sweet book !
Ian Wood
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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Lundin Rach
Rachel Lundin
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10/21/12
The Kite Fighters

As educators we all must incorporate other cultures when teaching our students about history. This task is not always the easiest to carry out but, if done correctly we may have the ability to captivate our young audience's attention. In The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park, a captivating story about two young brothers is told. Within this story of the two brothers also lies a secret history lesson about Korean culture. The book begins with brothers You
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Shannon Duncan
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fiction
The Kite Fighters is a touching story of two brothers set in Korea in 1473. It was written by Linda Sue Park, the award-winning author of A Single Shard. Her parents immigrated to America from Korea in the 1950's and so she knows the Korean customs well. The Kite Fighters was first published In 2000 by Yearling. Now there are many editions available, both in print and ebook format.

Young-sup could fly kites, they spoke to him and he always knew exactly what to do. The kite became part of him, ho
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Eunhye Yu
I didn’t think there were so many different ways we could learn about someone’s country by a fictional book. The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park is one of the books that could definitely be one book that help open a new perspective on one of the Asian cultures. The Kite Fighters is a fictional book based on Korean customs and a little bit of history. The main characters are two brothers and the King of the country. This book just starts off with two brothers and about their enjoyment of flying k ...more
Jessica Howard
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, kids
The Kite Fighters tells the story of two brothers, Young-sup and Kee-sup, who are part of a traditional 15th century Korean family. Young-sup has an especial gift for kite flying - he just senses exactly when and how to fly a kite. Kee-sup can't fly as well as Young-sup, but he's gifted at the artistry of making kites. Between them the brothers make and fly the most beautiful kites in the country, which comes to the attention of the King. He asks them to make and fly a kite for him in the New Y ...more
Rosa Huerta
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two brothers living in traditional Seoul Korea in 1473 are mesmerized by the beauty of kite flying. The grace of flying a kite comes naturally to Young-sup while his older brother Kee-sup has a natural talent for constructing magnificent kites from scratch. One day while Young-sup enthusiastically flies Kee-sup’s beautifully crafted kite, the young king of Korea shows up and asks the brothers to make him a kite fit for a king. To the brother’s surprise a secret friendship is formed between them ...more
Merceline Tran
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kite Fighters is one of the books that I always recommend to people who like to learn about other cultures and traditions through print. This book sets in the 15th century and it tells the story of two brothers Young-Sup and Kee-Sup. Kee-Sup has the gift of making the most beautiful kites and Young-Sup has the gift of skillfully flying kites. One day, the young king encounters the brothers flying the kites and he asks Kee-Sup to make the most beautiful kite and Young-Sup to fly the kite in t ...more
Caroline
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
My students are embarking on an author study project, and so I am ravenously gobbling up all of the new books I got from donors choose before they hand in their final projects.

Linda Sue Park is one of the authors we're studying. Initially, I picked this book because its reading level seemed reasonable, but I'm glad I picked it for other reasons.

The story was a little slow to get started. It takes place in Korea in 1473. Two brothers enjoy flying kites, but the younger one is supposed to start tr
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Kyounga
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about two kite fighters in Korea 14C. I enjoy reading very familiar words and culture in English. It makes me feel very proud of my country.
I didn’t have any idea of the Kite Fighting even though I grew up there. One thing I remember is how to make kite that I learned when I was in elementary.
In spite of that, I really had a good time reading and getting knowledge of the ethnic game and becoming enthusiastic about the book.
Especially, set up a theory about the circumstance with the
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Christaia Houser
This book tells a story in Korea set in the 1400s about two brothers in a typical family setting. The younger brother is a skilled kite fighter while the older is skilled at making kites. When the younger gets asked to fight for the king, the father is upset and insists the older brother must fight to uphold tradition. This story opens the eyes of children to a historical period not often discussed in an engaging and page turning way.

This book could be used in a study on multiple cultures or as
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Pam
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BOB 2013-14.

The Kite Fighters is a story of two brothers in 15th century Korea, but it is also a story of Korean culture and traditions. Kee-Sup and Young-Sup are brothers treated differently by their father because Kee-Sup is the older. What a revelation it is to Young-Sup that Kee-Sup thinks that Young-Sup has the better deal, when Young-Sup fervently wishes that he were the older brother. But they are a winning combination when they work together, as when Kee-Sup designs the kites, and Young-
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Leatha
Two brother Young-sup and Kee-sup share the same love and passion for kites.
Young-sup knows how to fly kites and Kee-sup knows how to build/construct kites. One da the king (who is their age) asks Kee-sup to build a kite for him, Young-sup taught the king to fly the kite. Young-sup wants to enter the New Year’s Eve kite flying competition. According to Korean law the oldest child represents the family, which means Kee-sup will have to fly the kite. The king asked Young-sup to fly his kite in th
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Mr. Steve
FULL DISCLOSURE: I was not looking forward to reading this book. And I wasn't judging the book by its cover, even though it's boring. I wasn't judging the book by its title, which is also boring. I was, in fact, judging the book by its premise, which sounded dreadfully boring.

That being said, I'm happy I gave the book a chance. The author's descriptions of kite fighting made it seem exciting and filled with action - akin to a basketball or football game. Life in 1473 South Korea was very interes
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Janice
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-lit
Good, quick read, which seems to be important for modern children. What's nice is there is no violence or death. Plus it's exciting to read about kite fighting. Young-Sup wishes to fly kites, but then his older brother gets the kite for the holiday celebration. He is jealous and disappointed. He and his brother make their own, and the reader learns that his brother would rather be making things. So each brother has to deal with his place in Korean society. The child king notices the kites flying ...more
Carmine
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle graders
Recommended to Carmine by: 3rd grade patron (I read all recommendations from 3rd grade boys)
Seoul, Korea 1473. Two kite loving brothers- one with a gift for building kites and the younger with a gift for flying them. Sometime at odds with one another because of birth order traditions, the two brothers have a deep bond and a new unlikely friendship with the young king who shares their passion for kite flying. Exciting kite battles and a lovely story of family honor with a light introduction to Confuscian values.

Good for a classroom read aloud or family read aloud. Good excuse to build a
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Kathy Ellen Davis
Actually listened to this one, but there's no cover picture for the audio book, so here we go!
I really liked listening to this story.
A great piece of historical fiction.
I loved that it was short too, and focused on just one thing.
Sure there was the relationship between the brothers,
between the brothers and the father,
and between the king and the brothers.

But this book basically centered around kite flying.
And the New Year Festival and competition.
It's a great view into what that's all about.

A ve
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Jody
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished another book! This was another of the Battle of the Books list. I'm also using it for a reading comprehension lesson/final project for my reading endorsement. The vocabulary is a bit tough and unusual, but it's a great read about a couple of brothers flying kites in fourteenth century Korea. On a side note, my nephew just received his LDS mission call to serve in the Korea Seoul South Mission, so I'm sure my ear will be a bit more cocked to Korea related literature for the nex ...more
Christina
Kite Fighters was a heartwarming tale about to young brothers and their fight not only with kites but with their culture and responsibilities to their family honor growing up in traditional Chinese culture. But when a secret friendship forms with the younger brother and the king, the brothers must face the reality that they have to stand up for their honor instead of standing up for the family tradition. This book is an excellent reminder for young boys that there are many steps in life where th ...more
James
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kite Fighter is a book about boys called Yong-Seop and Kee-Sup having a interesting life with the Kite. The boys have lots of experiences with kites. Kee-Sup is good at designing the kites, but Yong-Seop is good at flying the kite. One day, there is a kite fighting. Yong-Seop wants to go, but Kee-Sup has to go because he is the eldest son in his family. But he will surely lose. So that is how the story goes. I will recommend this book to people who like kites, and likes Korean holidays. And if p ...more
Kellie
3.5 stars I enjoyed this a little more than See Saw Girl. Again, I love to see the parts of my mom's culture that were present in my own life. Stories like this also give me a little insight into how my mom grew up in Korea. One thought I kept having was that we are more alike than different. This tradition of kite fighting carried out by the young brothers in this story reminded me of The Kite Runner.
Lorena
Linda Sue Park is my new favorite author! I loved this book! I like how Park tries to incorporate historically accurate details in her books so that they are entertaining and informative. Even though the main characters are boys (in fact, I think the only woman mentioned in the whole book is the boys' mother), I think this a book that girls could appreciate as well. I can't wait for my kids to read it! The last chapter is beautiful, and the whole book promotes so many virtues.
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Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Park’s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.

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