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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: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,333,996 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 1998
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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By FionaB on 30 April 2013
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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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Better reading than a bag full of fortune cookies! 5 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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
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
Best Chinese Book Yet !! 12 Feb. 2006
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Format: Paperback
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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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,
Not All Roses 6 July 2014
By Persop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My personal experience and feelings are that Tuttle Publishing is consistently a very good to excellent publisher. Sometimes in reading I question if what is written will be understood much less appreciated? if you have not read this type of book, try reading the first two chapters. The manner and amount of information imparted is considerable and easily digested.
The first chapter does not come right out and say that a common greeting is, have you eaten? It like many other things are quickly and attractively inter-woven. There are many versions of the tales but I found no fault. In other writing you will occasionally feel either the retelling is without feeling or knowledge. The writing is now almost 80 years old but is likely toplease and inform future generations.
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