Once there were seven Chinese sisters who lived together and took care of each other. After baby Seventh Sister is snatched by a hungry dragon, her loving sisters race to save her. In Kathy Tucker's delightful update of a classic Chinese folk tale, exuberantly illustrated by Grace Lin, each sister uses her talent in a surprising way to rescue baby ...
Once there were seven Chinese sisters who lived together and took care of each other. After baby Seventh Sister is snatched by a hungry dragon, her loving sisters race to save her. In Kathy Tucker's delightful update of a classic Chinese folk tale, exuberantly illustrated by Grace Lin, each sister uses her talent in a surprising way to rescue baby Seventh Sister--and even Seventh Sister turns out to have an unexpected skill.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-10 "Eye-pleasing patterns abound in Lin's vibrant, atmospheric illustrations" in this adaptation of the traditional Chinese folktale, wrote PW. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-01-20 While this updated version of the classic Chinese folktale stands on its own as a reasonably entertaining story, readers familiar with the original may find it watered-down. Six of seven sisters possess distinct talents that come in handy when a hungry, red dragon snatches their baby sister, whose talent has yet to be discovered. Tucker (Do Pirates Take Baths?) eschews the superhuman attributes granted each hero of "The Seven Chinese Brothers" in favor of more readily shared skills, from knowledge of karate to counting beyond 500 to making delicious noodle soup. Eye-pleasing patterns abound in Lin's (Dim Sum for Everyone!) vibrant, atmospheric illustrations, as in the faint swirl motif that textures the blue sky and the diverse prints of each girl's mandarin-collared robe. Lin adds comic touches (the dragon, clutching his salt shaker, adopts a foppish pose next to little Seventh Sister, who has been plunked into an oversize rice bowl); but, however amusing, they don't always jive with the text (the narrative opposite this painting reads: "They could smell smoke and hear the most awful roars"). Such incongruities lower the stakes in the story, but reinforce its perky, can-do tone. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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