Grandfather Tang's Story

Ann Tompert, Author, Robert Andrew Parker, Illustrator Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-517-57487-4
Here's a folktale with a twist: Tompert uses tangrams, a traditional ``visual aid'' employed by Chinese storytellers, to spin a tale about two shape-changing fox fairies. Seven ``tans'' (standard-sized pieces of a square) are arranged and rearranged to represent various characters in the story. The fox fairies vie to outdo each other--the first one becomes a rabbit, the other a dog who chases him, and so on--but when the two chase each other right into danger, they finally have to set their competition aside and pull together. Parker's graceful, impressionistic illustrations have a gentle Oriental flavor, and the constantly changing tangram configurations add a novel touch. A traceable tangram is provided at the end for do-it-yourselfers. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/19/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-517-88558-1
Prebound-Glued - 32 pages - 978-0-7857-2484-1
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7807-7918-1
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-517-57272-6
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12953-4
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