Chinese Phase II

Norton’s PHASE II: Folktales

Chiang, W. (1992). The legend of Mu Lan : a heroine of ancient China.Monterey, CA: Victory Press.

A bilingual folktale, based on a poem from the Song Dynasty, in which a young girl disguises herself as a man and leads the army of China to victory against the enemy. Gr. 1-up


Demi (1987). Chen Ping and his magic axe. New York: Dodd, Mead.

Chen Ping's honesty in his encounter with a stranger causes his ax to acquire magic powers, while his greedy master's attempt to reap the same reward comes to a different end. Gr. 1-3


Demi (1987). A Chinese zoo : fables and proverbs. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

A collection of thirteen adapted Chinese fables, in which an array of animal characters demonstrate principles such as "It is foolish to be greedy" and "We frequently see only what we want to see." Gr. K-up

Demi (1990). The empty pot. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty. Gr. Pre-2