Thirty classic Chinese tales, carefully selected from Chinese history and literature, capture scenes, perspectives, and attitudes reflecting the Chinese spirit across thousands of years.
Editor's commentary follows each story, comparing eastern and western culture through anecdotal and academic analysis. Easily accessible to learners of all ages and abilities, this collection is an excellent introduction to Chinese culture, as well as the perfect resource for listeners who want to reconnect with their heritage.
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A Great Teaching Tool
I would absolutely recommend this collection of classic Chinese fables, folktales, and legends to a friend. As a Middle School teacher, I have found this book to illuminate the similarities and differences in the oral traditions of America and China.
The stories are well-translated, well-written, and informative. The editors' notes help to bridge ancient and contemporary Chinese society. All in all, it is a teachable collection of stories that students enjoy.
Being that there are no "character" in this book, I would simply say that Ms. Risley did a wonderful job narrating the stories.
"An allegory for our lives, all of our lives."