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By Shiho S. Nunes

Winner of the 2014 Aesop Prize for Children's and younger grownup Literature

Winner of the 2013 Gelett Burgess Children's publication Award for Fables, Folklore & Fairytales

2014 artistic baby journal e-book of the yr Award Winner

For hundreds of thousands of years, chinese language storytellers have thrilled listeners with tales concerning the price of virtues like honesty, recognize, braveness and self-reliance. Chinese Fables collects nineteen of those brilliant stories, a few of them courting again to the 3rd century BCE, and retells them in modern English for a contemporary audience.

Each of those tales bargains a nugget of historic folks knowledge and stocks features of chinese language tradition and lore. all the stories exhibit the foibles and knowledge of human adventure with nice humor and affection. And even supposing the teachings are common, the wit and style are uniquely Chinese.

Beautifully illustrated through a grasp chinese language artist utilizing a patchwork of old tones and textures, with a deft contact of humor, this ebook will provide nice pleasure to young children and adults alike.

Chinese children's tales include:

the sensible Bride
Stealing the Bell
Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy
Cooking the Duck
Scaring the Tigers
The Dragon Slayer

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The myths of Persephone are complex because in their inner meanings they go to the heart of ancient Greek religion. In one version of her story, Zeus himself falls in love with her, and seduces her by taking the form of a snake and enveloping her in his coils—the resulting child is Dionysus (Bacchus). In the more common version, she is abducted by Hades—but a Hades who reveals many features of Dionysus in his archaic role as lord of the underworld (see p. 59). Hades Pure maiden Persephone, first known as Core, “the maiden,” was pure and beautiful.

Leucippus followed her disguised as a maiden, but the jealous Apollo advised the nymphs to bathe naked. When Leucippus removed his clothes, his deception was discovered and the nymphs tore him to pieces. C ” heiron was the greatest of the centaurs, who were half-man, half-horse. He was the son of Cronos (Roman Saturn, see p. 23) and the nymph Philyra, to whom Cronos had appeared as a horse. The other centaurs were descended from Centaurus, a grandson of Ares (Mars), who mated with the mares on Mount Pelion.

Pan, thwarted of his desires, cut the reeds into several unequal lengths, fastened them together with wax, and made the first syrinx, or pan pipes. Chaste nymph Syrinx was a nymph of the virgin goddess Artemis (Diana, see pp. 36–37), who demanded chastity from her attendants. Pursued by Pan, she was run to ground on the banks of the River Ladon, where, unable to escape and terrified of Artemis’ fury, she called upon the river goddess to help her. the evening, he shouts as “heInreturns from the hunt, And plays sweet music on his pipes of reed.

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