The rabbit's judgment

by Han, Suzanne Crowder, 1953-

Language: Korean
Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
Monroeville Public Library Junior Foreign Language J E HAN
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Junior Foreign Language
Call Number  J E HAN
"A thorough opening source note attests to the care that's gone into adapting this Korean variant of 'The Tiger, the Brahmin, & the Jackal,' akin to an ancient Jakata tale.... A dual-language book that satisfies aesthetic criteria as well as furthering multicultural causes." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5-8. In this lively retelling of a Korean folktale, a tiger in a deep pit begs a man to help him out, but the wary man refuses. The desperate tiger promises no harm, so the man helps the beast, who immediately licks his chops in anticipation of his dinner. The man pleads for a second opinion of the tiger's plan. First, the pine tree says that man shows no charity to trees, so deserves none from the tiger. Next, the ox offers the same judgment for similar reasons. Finally, the rabbit agrees to pass judgment after the man and tiger assume their original positions. Then the rabbit cleverly points out that the problem began with the man's kindness. Eliminate that kindness, and there is no problem. This lovely bilingual book--the Korean text appears on each page above the English--contains unusual, almost collagelike paintings in earth tones that are reminiscent of Lane Smith's work. The artist's flat perspective adds interest. The tiger, with small legs and feet, sports a body that varies in length according to the plot, and a head, larger than normal, with an almost human face. The busy backgrounds feature small creatures. This is a good book for discussion, with notes on the story and the Korean alphabet. ~--Deborah Abbott"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Based on a Korean tale, this striking work, a picture book debut for author and artist, questions the thorny nature of justice. When a man agrees to rescue a tiger from a deep pit, he exacts a promise that the starving beast will not eat him. On gaining his freedom, however, the tiger is overwhelmed by hunger and forgets to be grateful. An ox and a pine tree are called upon to arbitrate, and soon it becomes clear that man as a species is not very popular (`` `What do men know about gratefulness?' said the pine tree. ` . . . It takes us years to grow big but when we do you cut us down' ''). At last a clever--and sympathetic--rabbit chances by. The text, rendered in deadpan prose and in Korean characters, highlights amusingly eloquent interchanges, while arrestingly skewed illustrations in a rich, natural palette illuminate the story's childlike wisdom. A sophisticated mix of oils, pencils and collage, Heo's outstanding art mingles fresh naivete with subtle folksiness. Each spread teems with insect- and bird-life, small figures filled with the graceful nobility of symbols. Her tiger, for all his greed, has child-appeal; he is a combination of the Cheshire Cat, a Lane Smith beastie with a touch of Chagall thrown in. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Tales -- Korea.
Folklore -- Korea.
Korean language materials -- Bilingual.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt and Company,1994
Edition First Edition.
Contributors Heo, Yumi, illustrator.
Language Korean
Notes English and Korean.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 0805026746
Other Classic View