Three Korean Fairy Tales (9780804852272)

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Tuttle Publishing
Hardcover, Jacketed
Date Published:
watercolor illustrations
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Trim Size:
7 1/2 X 10

This multicultural children's book presents a selection of traditional Korean folk tales that are instantly recognizable to Koreans of all ages. These treasured tales are retold by Kim So-un, an eminent storyteller who is a household name in Korea. The illustrations combine modern and traditional Korean art elements and techniques in telling these classic stories.

In the Tuttle tradition of bringing beloved stories from other countries to new generations of readers, this book presents the following tales:
  • "The Magic Gem" answers the question why do dogs and cats fight? When the house feline recovers the story's prized title jewel, the family dog bears a grudge that is passed down through the ages.
  • "The Deer and the Woodcutter" follows a merciful man who saves a deer's life and is rewarded with love and luck. When he's turned into a rooster, he expresses his joy each dawn through his loud crowing.
  • "The Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains" concludes the anthology with a cautionary tale about overcoming challenges. A hunter's son sets out for revenge but instead learns that things are not always as they appear, and that persistence and sacrifice hold richer rewards.
With Three Korean Fairy Tales, kids and parents alike will learn about Korean culture by experiencing the country's rich storytelling tradition.

About the Author:
Kim So-un was an eminent Korean storyteller and a specialist in Korean poetry and folklore. A former journalist for a major newspaper and chief editor for the Korean Children's Educational Institute, he published two dozen books during his lifetime, including anthologies of poetry, folk tales, folklore, folk songs and critical essays. Kim So-un is also the author of Korean Children's Favorite Stories.

Jeong Kyoung-Sim enjoyed reading stories by Kim So-un when growing up, and is delighted now to illustrate his work. Kyoung-Sim is a graduate of the College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University. Her work is based on using traditional Korean colors, tones and painting methods in a modern style. She has illustrated a number of children's books, including Korean Children's Favorite Stories.