Friday, January 29, 2021

Multicultural Children's Book Day: Three Korean Fairy Tales


Happy Multicultural Children's Book Day! 

Just look at these beautiful books I was given to review for the occasion. 

Thank you, Tuttle Publishing. 

Three Korean Fairy Tales, Beloved Stories and Legends 

by Kim So-un, illustrated by Jeong Kyoung-Sim

is a beautifully designed picture book that contains three Korean fairy tales: 

The Magic Gem, The Tiger and the Kumgang Mountains, and The Deer and the Woodcutter.

Each story within the book is about 30 pages, fully illustrated.

There's a good bit of text within, but less text than a chapter book.


The book opens with a chapter on cultural background - Korean folklore. 

Isn't it powerful to think that a storyteller can pass down a legend, a myth, a belief, a song, a fairy tale from family to family to family over hundreds and thousands of years? 

I think it is pure magic.

I love reading specific details of Korean culture - talking tigers, mythical fish, magic gems, Kumgang Mountains, but also the way each story is woven with threads of similarity 

that can be found in fairy tales around the world -

quests to prove oneself, lessons in gratitude, contentment, and courage. 

Aside from the fascinating text, the illustrations by Jeong Kyoung-Sim are captivating. The art has this gorgeous tone, color, and texture of old, Korean art, but it also has this freshness about it that feels so lush and new. 

And the endpapers. I can't get over the endpapers. Each different. Just stunning. 

The second book is Korean Children's Favorite Stories, Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales

also by Kim So-un and illustrated by Jeong Kyoung-Sim.

This is also a collection of 13 fairy tales, shorter than the stories 

in the previous book, just as fascinating.  

Similarly, I am wowed by the art and book design.

Both books will be an excellent resource for teachers, libraries, and readers 

who are curious about traditional Korean stories. 

I love the opening lines of Korean Children's Favorite Stories from author Kim So-un:

"Stories do not like to be hoarded. They like to be told and retold 

again and again, passing always from lip to lip. "

Korean folk stories told hundreds and thousands of years ago are still alive today. Magic.


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