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The Seven Chinese Brothers (Blue Ribbon Book) (edition 1992)

by Margaret Mahy, Mou-Sien Tseng (Illustrator)

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Title:The Seven Chinese Brothers (Blue Ribbon Book)
Authors:Margaret Mahy
Other authors:Mou-Sien Tseng (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (1992), Paperback, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Empathy, China, Brothers, family, folktales, history, village living, courage, teamwork.

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The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy



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I did not like this book because I thought it was very difficult to follow as a reader. The seven different brothers all looked alike which made it hard to depict who was who through the illustrations and it was hard for the reader to know which brother had which power because they narrator didn't talk about the brother by name but rather by the number brother they were. I really liked how detailed the illustrations were of the different places in China as well of how detailed the brothers looked but that was the only good part of the book for me. It was hard for me to follow the plot with all the different events going on. If a child were to read this book I think it should be for a child in a higher grade since it is hard to follow along. ( )
  jherrm1 | Feb 7, 2015 |
SUMMARY: Seven brothers with extraordinary powers try to overcome the tyrannical emperor ruling China.

REVIEW: This is a great take on a traditional fairy tale. It contains language and illustrations that are simple enough for children to understand. The illustrations are beautiful and do an effective job of adding to the text on the page. The main message of this book is that good always triumphs over evil. I believe that children will find this book a very interesting read. ( )
  amay3 | Dec 9, 2014 |
The story in this book was good from start to finish. The brothers were all so clever and I believe any child would like how suspenseful the story line was. The illustrations were fantastic as well. ( )
  TeresaCruz | Oct 16, 2014 |
Summary: "The Seven Chinese Brothers" tells the story of seven brothers who each held a special power of his own. For example, one brother had the ability to hear a fly sneeze from a hundred miles away, while another brother had the ability to sit in fires without burning up. The first emperor of all China, Ch'in Sinh Huang, noticed one of the brothers possessed great strength and deemed him dangerous. The emperor tried vigorously to execute the brother, but was unsuccessful in every attempt. This is because each brother would take the place of each other during each execution, to use his strength to counteract the method being used to kill the brother. Finally, the one brother who's tears had the ability to spring rivers, cried, causing massive amounts of water to appear. This provided the brothers with fresh fish and wood to make a fire. After all, they were very hungry after their long week.

Review: I really enjoyed reading this Chinese folklore. While obviously fiction, there was a bigger message being presented in the story. The message that it is almost impossible to break the bond of family. While the emperor tried drowning, burning, and beheading the brothers, he was unsuccessful. This was due to each brother using his own power against the execution being put in place. A great read for any classroom! ( )
  cclark37 | Sep 15, 2014 |
I picked this book up because I remembered reading it from when I was younger. I remembered enjoying it very much and for this reason I chose to read it again. I think that this book would be very enjoyable for many students. This is because I believe that students would enjoy the magic or supernatural piece of the story that each brother has their own strength or superpower. I believe that younger readers would be interested in these characters for this reason. I also believe that the story is successful because it presents the trickery of the brothers and how they use their respective skills to save themselves and each other. There is suspense that would keep the readers engaged, but the conflict is resolved at the end because each brother utilizes his own skill. I believe that students will enjoy this book for the conflict and its resolution and also for the unity and teamwork of the seven brothers. ( )
  jfoti | May 19, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Margaret Mahyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tseng, JeanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tseng, Mou-SienIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A magnificently illustrated and authentic retelling of the classic Chinese folktale of the seven brothers and their supernatural gifts. "Exceptional." - School Library Journal, starred review

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Seven Chinese brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraordinary individual qualities.

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