Thursday, March 23, 2017

Picture books for everyone

Yeh-Shen retold by Ai-Ling Louie

Retellings of classic fairy tales are a great choice for upper elementary school kids. They are, by that point, exceedingly familiar with the original story so variations fascinate them. You can explore similarities and differences. Yeh-Shen presents an interesting point of discussion as this tale actually predates the European version. Ai-Ling Louie's version is particularly atmospheric and is well supported by Young's illustrations. It may be a bit long for very young children but for the most part will go over well with mixed groups.

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