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Tales of a Chinese Grandmother [Paperback]

Frances Carpenter , Malthe Hasselriis
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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (1 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804834091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804834094
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An aged Chinese grandmother tells some Chinese folk tales and legends to her grandchildren.

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THE TWO HALVES of the bright red gate in the gray wall had been opened for the day. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I am not Chinese, however these are wonderful folk tales and present morals and metaphors that transcend culture. I highly recommend this for reading a loud to your children, especially young girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A storyteller's treasure 30 April 2013
By FionaB
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I am not Chinese, nor am I a grandmother: I'm an English storyteller. While collecting traditional folk tales from all over the world I have developed a love of Chinese stories and rate this book very, very highly for style, content and readability. The 'frame' of a grandmother telling traditional tales to her young relatives gives a fascinating view of Old China in the nineteenth century; brief descriptions of everyday life in a wealthy family and the accepted belief in dragons, monsters and spirits put the stories in context. They also provide enough explanatory material for western readers and listeners in the twenty-first century. I enjoyed this book so much that even before I finished reading it I ordered 'Tales of a Korean Grandmother' by the same author.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better reading than a bag full of fortune cookies! 5 May 1997
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Twenty-four years after reading this book, its spirit still remains in me. I first read Tales of a Chinese Grandmother while in the third grade. Although I was raised in a traditional Chinese household, this book explained, with charm, the traditions and origins Chinese folklore.

This is not a college compendeum of every tradition, rather it is an endearing look at Chinese culture as explained by a grandmother to two young children as they grow up in old China.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 years later I still remember my mother reading this to me 11 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am not Chinese, however these are wonderful folk tales and present morals and metaphors that transcend culture. I highly recommend this for reading a loud to your children, especially young girls.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Chinese Book Yet !! 12 Feb 2006
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Lovely adjectives, good for bedtime reading with my daddy! After I am sent to bed, I get up and read from where me and my daddy stopped. When I finish I feel like I want to read it all over again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 16 Jun 2009
By Haggar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
So far I enjoy this book. Not a bad one to start of knowing tales of from China.
But i really no idea why they put the Moon Lady 's name as Heng-O and not Chang-Er. The right name should be Chang-Er,
4.0 out of 5 stars I think this is a book best read in chapters over tea and cakes by yourself 8 Aug 2014
By S.Lo - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this book in hopes of learning Chinese myths that were familiar from childhood and more ancient ones that my grandparents and parents did not share with me. I have to agree with other readers that the speech pattern can be difficult to follow at times, even as a bilingual person. I tried reading out loud in order to find the rhythm and calibrate the grammar but I found myself running out of steam. I think this is a book best read in chapters over tea and cakes by yourself. It is not a Mother Goose collection that can be easily shared with a child on your lap. However, it is an okay source to learn the stories so that the reader can retell to someone else in their own voice.
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