In the walled city of Pyung-yang lives a young maiden, known to all as the Weeping Princess. But it is for disobedience that the king banishes his daughter from court. The Princess begins a new life with the poor, filthy beggar, Pabo Ondal, and in doing so, makes a discovery about herself. O'Brien's engaging text and rich watercolor pastels ...
In the walled city of Pyung-yang lives a young maiden, known to all as the Weeping Princess. But it is for disobedience that the king banishes his daughter from court. The Princess begins a new life with the poor, filthy beggar, Pabo Ondal, and in doing so, makes a discovery about herself. O'Brien's engaging text and rich watercolor pastels provide an authentic look at the culture of Korea.
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-04-05 Written with a strongly feminist slant, this atmospheric story focuses on the determination of a girl ``known to all as the Weeping Princess.'' The young woman, refusing to marry solely on the basis of outward status, chooses the village beggar as a partner and is banished from her father's court. Through her devotion and encouragement, the beggar gradually becomes a skilled hunter, scholar and poet and is eventually welcomed into court with his bride. Written in graceful prose, this is a love story in the best sense (``In time . . . they learned not to fear each other'') with a clear and worthwhile moral. O'Brien's expressive water pastels bring a sense of mood and vitality to the story, though they frequently fail to capture an Oriental verisimilitude. (This season's Sir Whong and the Golden Pig offers a more evocative portrayal of the Korean landscape and culture.) The book's handsome design features text and art set against faux-rice paper borders; both text and endpapers are decorated with seals, as an afterword explains, ``derived from folk symbols.'' Ages 5-9. (Apr. )
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