The Fourth Question: A Chinese Tale

Rosalind C. Wang, Author, Ju-Hong Chen, Illustrator Holiday House $14.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-8234-0855-9
In this Chinese folktale, Yee-Lee undertakes a long journey to ask the Wise Man of Kun-lin Mountain the reason for his continual poverty. Along the way, several people whom he encounters request that Yee-Lee make inquiries on their behalf. The wise man allows him only three questions, however, and Yee-Lee selflessly foregoes his own concerns--and finds that helping others brings both spiritual and material rewards. Wang's smooth, straightforward retelling and Chen's muted illustrations are low-key and appealing, but not in any way distinctive--the result is a pleasing but not especially memorable tale. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
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