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The Jade Horse: The Cricket and the Peach Stone

by Ann Tompert

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I enjoyed reading this book for many reasons, the illustrations, the cultural aspect, and the main message/theme throughout. First, the illustrations are very vivid and colorful which give the students/readers a good image of the setting and the characters. Because the setting of this book is ancient China, the students probably don’t know what it looked like. Therefore, these images/illustrations allow the students to see the similarities and differences in that setting compared to the setting that they are in. Second, the cultural aspect of the setting as well as the characters will allow the students to see how people lived in the times of Ancient China. Also, the students can compare and contrast the dilemma that Pan Su has to deal with to dilemmas that they have had to deal with. Third and finally, the main message/theme of this book is to believe that “All will end well”. Even though Pan Su started out with the jade dragon as the gift to the emperor and ended up with a peach, he was still able to bring his village good fortune and make the peach seem such a wonderful gift. The students can discuss with one another what they would do if they were put into Pan Su’s position and how they would try and make the peach seem like a worthy gift for the emperor. ( )
  srogel1 | Apr 6, 2015 |
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In ancient China, a young boy undertakes a perilous journey and overcomes many obstacles in order to bring a special gift to the Emperor Wu Ti.

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