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Tales of a Chinese Grandmother: 30 Traditional Tales from China Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-29 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings
ISBN:0804851611
LANGUAGE:English

" I enjoy reading fairy tales from different cultures, and this was a fun glimpse into ancient Chinese culture.I also reaaaaaallllyyy need a short film done about 'The Pained Eyebrow' " said.

" wonderful books. its good to know someone had written down these wonderful stories for the coming generation to enjoy. I have hear/ read some of the stories in this book during my youth. it's certainly nice to revisit them.reading it also gave me a sad feeling. I wonder how many of the next generation of readers would read and enjoy this. how many would know of the tales ...... " said.

" Tales of a Chinese Grandmother, by Frances Carpenter is a wonderful novel that is full of folk tales and stories. Set back in old China, this book is about a rich family's wise grandmother who tells her two grandchildren stories when they are having a quarrel, when they are bored or just for fun. This is a great book and the tales that she tells are all vivid and wise, a great read. I give this deserving book a big five stars and I recommend this to folk-tale and historical book lovers! " said.

" Started reading this aloud to the kids, then realized how tedious it is! I liked it as a child mostly because of the exotic cultural details, but now it seems ethnocentric, even racist, though not on purpose. And boring. How sad! I am now trapped into reading the whole thing aloud, because one of my three listeners loves it. :) The one redeeming quality is an excellent portrayal of the degree to which grandparents and elders are honored and adored in (old?) China. " said.

" Wonderful .. The tales are wise and vivid. The whole Story telling with the Grandmother telling the children the Storys is lovely made.. And it's a great insight to Traditional Chinese Life and Culture! I recommend it to everyone who is interested in Chinese History & Folk Tales.. Everyone who is enchanted with Asian Culture! And for everyone who likes this Book i can recommend the Book Tales of a Korean Grandmother it's just as good and i loved it ! " said.

"This is one of my favorite books that I accidentally discovered at the library when I was in middle school. The chinese grandmother is the narrator, and each chapter is a chinese tale that she is telling to her grandchildren. The tales in this book are stories I had heard growing up, and it was nice to be able to read them. For the most part, the translations are accurate (according to my parents!), but I liked being able to know more of the details in the story that are sometimes left out when spoken." said.

" all well known chinese legends on one place. " said.

" Most of these fairy tales or folk lords are very familiar to me and yet very strange to me as well. I think it is because it is written in English even the translations are pretty accurate. It is a great way to learn the traditional Chinese culture and history through the folk tales. I highly recommend it who is interested. " said.

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