The Seven Chinese Brothers

by Margaret Mahy, Mou-Sien Tseng, and Jean Tseng

From a brief editor's note set in a small typeface at the book's opening, one can... read more

From a brief editor's note set in a small typeface at the book's opening, one can glimpse the historic and political basis for a Han tale featuring seven "fictive characters in the classic tall-tale tradition." An action-filled, culturally substantial recounting demonstrates how justice is ultimately served as each brother employs his power on behalf of the suffering laborers conscripted to build the Great Wall of China. Incremental variations within the repetitive language combined with mounting suspense mark this rendition of a humorous, entertaining tale. The full-color watercolor paintings offer historical detail and an exquisite complement to Mahy's superb writing. (Ages 4-10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1990

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