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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
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Tags:Empathy, China, Brothers, family, folktales, history, village living, courage, teamwork.

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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 |
This text is a folktale from China. It is about seven brothers who work together as a team to take down the emperor. Each brother has a unique and supernatural gift that contributes to the team. This story would be great to pair with a lesson about the history of China (perhaps a lesson about the Great Wall). This story is the typical "good vs. evil" plot that children will enjoy because of the sequence of events that occur when the brothers try to defeat the emperor. The main message in this story is to teach children the importance of family and how your family will always have your back. ( )
  jjones58 | May 11, 2014 |
This text, "The Seven Chinese Brothers" is a great international folktale or story from China. Before reading, students have the opportunity to read background information about China, some historical background, some information about Chinese emperors, and some information about the Great Wall of China. The story starts by introducing the seven Chinese brothers, the main characters. Throughout the story, the seven brothers help each other out by working together to defeat the emperor who wants them each to be executed. In the end, their teamwork helps them to escape execution and live freely together again. This would be a great book to teach students about historical fiction, to read books about different cultures, and mostly for character mapping. Since there are seven main characters in the story who each have very different personalities, it would be great for students to practice mapping out the actions and traits of each of the characters. ( )
  DannieN | Nov 3, 2013 |
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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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