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The Story of Paper (edition 2003)

by Ying Chang Compestine (Author), Yongsheng Xuan (Illustrator)

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Title:The Story of Paper
Authors:Ying Chang Compestine (Author)
Other authors:Yongsheng Xuan (Illustrator)
Info:Holiday House (2003), Edition: 1, Library Binding, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Invention, paper making, creativity

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Review: This book is about three boys who live in China before paper was invented. The boys are always getting in trouble at school for playing with bugs on the ground when they are supposed to be doing their lessons on the ground. One day the three boys get a brillant idea to combine pieces of fabric, water, bark, twigs, slivers, and leaves. After After several days the boys had created something that could be written on instead of the ground. The boys took it to school and showed their teacher. The teacher showed it to the emperor and he named it zhi which means paper. The boys and their parents opened the World's first paper factory and the boys never had to write on the ground again.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Genre Critique: This book is historical fiction because it is bases off of the event of how paper was made back in 105 C.E. It is clearly distinguished in this book what is true to the event of paper making. It is also obvious that research was done by the author. In the back of the book there is a little blip about the history of paper. From this note it is clear that the story is based off of true facts. ( )
  katherine.fuller | Nov 20, 2012 |
The brother Ting, Pan, and Kuai always got in trouble for not paying attention in class. These creative boys were tired of the teacher sending messages home on their hands. They decided that they would have to create a new method to write on so maybe they would not get in touble for playing with the bugs in the dirt anymore, instead of doing their math problems. They did just that they figured out how to make paper and the emperor thought the boys' invention was a great idea. ( )
  mdrumgold | Feb 9, 2012 |
Summary: This book describes the history of paper making in ancient China. The Kang brothers did not want the teacher to write notes on their hands after school because all the village people could read it. So they put many things together and secretly made paper. Their invention was presented to the emperor and the happy ending ensued.
Review: This was a great read that is a fun way to present the story of paper creation. The collage style art in this book really creates the setting.
School Use: This is a perfect book that leads into a paper making project. There are even directions to make "Homemade Garden Paper".
  trevordyett | Dec 6, 2009 |
The Kang brothers are back -- watch out!
  mwittkids | Oct 24, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823417050, School & Library Binding)

After the Kang brothers get in trouble at school, they devise a way to make paper, which will make things easier for both their teacher and themselves. Includes a historical note and a recipe for home-made paper.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:48 -0400)

After the Kang brothers get in trouble at school, they devise a way to make paper, which will make things easier for both their teacher and themselves. Includes a historical note and a recipe for home-made paper.

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