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The Emperor and the Kite (Paperstar Book) (1967)

by Jane Yolen, Ed Young (Illustrator)

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When the emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, his smallest daughter, whom he has always ignored, uses her kite to save him.

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Largely ignored by her own family, Princess Djeow Seow spends her days playing with a kite made from paper and sticks. But when the Emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, only the Princess can save the day, flying her kite high up into the sky to rescue her father.
  riselibrary_CSUC | Jul 18, 2020 |
Set in ancient China, Little Djeow is the tiny fourth daughter of the Emperor. She is the forgotten one among many brothers and sisters much older and taller, but not as wise as she.

Little Djeow passes the days alone playing with her intricate kites she fashions. Daily, a monk walks past reciting a poem he makes about Djeow and herr kites.

Unrest in the kingdom occurs and her father is kidnapped by evil men. While this tiny daughter is forgotten by her father, she does not forget him. Paying attention to a poem recited by the monk, she understands that she can make a strong kite weaving pieces of her hair into the network. Grasping the kite, the emperor is freed.

Now, his tiny one sits on a small throne next to him.

I enjoyed the story of the smallest overcoming abandonment and loneliness, still able to love those who pay no attention to her. Using her talent and intellect, she rescues one who throughout time paid her no mind.

Three 1/2 stars ( )
  Whisper1 | Mar 14, 2019 |
The illustrations are beautfula dn story behind it gives a lesson learned in the story ( )
  enemory | Nov 26, 2018 |
A princess named Djeow Seow was so tiny she was not thought of very much of, but her brothers were always thought of by her father and the people. Even her three older sisters were thought of and viewed as three-midnight moons. But Djeow Seow was often forgotten about so she would eat and play by herself/ Every morning she would fly her kite. A monk who passed the palace daily made up a poem about her kite. One day evil man crept up on her father she saw what happen because she was in the corner of the room. The evil man took the emperor and locked him a room with only a small window. The evil man then returned to the palace and declared the emperor was dead. Djeow returned to the tower in which her father was inside and she would use her kite to give him food by attaching a basket to the kite. Dejeow twined grass, vines and her hair until her rope was as thick as her waist. Instead of the basket with food, the emperor would be able to hold on to the kite and escape. he promised himself that if her plan worked she would no longer want for anything. Although all she ever wanted was love. Dejeow was then placed on a sitting throne next to her father upon arriving at the palace. I think this a great book for children ages 4-8. The lesson taught is no matter how small or big/ unnoticed you might be you still hold a significant amount of value and although people might not realize it they will later. I would read this in a classroom so that students who might feel as if no one notices them at times they hold such a great purpose, such as when Dejow was the only one who knew where her father was taken because she did go unnoticed. ( )
  Salma.Mart | Nov 25, 2018 |
This story can be relateable for many students. This story is about a little girl who has several older brothers. Since she is the youngest and a girl, she does not get much attention from her father. She spends most of her time flying kites becuase that activity does not require more than one person. One day while her father and brothers are away at war she is the only one available to help the emperor. Whn the emperor was attacked and locked up in a tall tower she was ablw to help. With her kite she is able to save him. She ends up ruling at his side for a while and ends up being the next ruler herself. ( )
  Rmendez11 | Apr 23, 2018 |
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For my father, who is the king of the kite fliers, and for my little princess, Heidi Elisabet. JY
To my mother, "Rivaling the Clouds," for her gift of boundless energy and artistic resourcefulness, and to the friendly rivalry of A.C.S. where it flourished. EY
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Once in ancient China there lived a princess who was the fourth daughter of the emperor.
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