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The Rabbit's Judgment Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:0805026746
LANGUAGE:English

" A good telling of the Chinese tale with the original story in Chinese. Worth checking out, especially if you are looking for some cultural content for your classroom. www.lockheed40books.com " said.

" I was amused by how the man kept making poor decisions in picking his allies. He was pretty lucky the bunny came along. " said.

" This adaptation of a Korean folk tale depicts the troubled relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world. " said.

" This was a good children's book and the text is in two languages, English and Korean. The story is really clever and in the author's foreword, she mentions that she draws on multiple tellings and consolidates them into her one tale. The one drawback of his book is the illustrations, which are neither beautiful nor straightforward and really, in my opinion, don't belong in children's books. This is a good gift for a ten year old person who speaks either Korean or English. " said.

" Ms. Heo creates the illustrations with oil paint, pencil and collage of this Korean folk tale, written in both English and Korean. They are stylistic renderings of each part of the story. I can see children sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens with the tiger who is saved from a pit by the man, but then claims it is so hungry that it’s going to eat the man anyway. How the pine tree, the ox and the rabbit help solve the dilemma is the main part of the story. It’s a terrific story that will start discussions about integrity, promises, and trickery. Loved it! " said.

"I stumbled upon this book at a local library and as my in-laws are Korean-American I bought it for one of my nieces. I think my sister-in-law liked it more than her daughter. My mother-in-law didn't recall this tale exactly, but said that stories of wise animals are quite common in Korea. The pictures are a little too primative for my taste, but I liked the story and the fact that it was bi-lingual, which is nearly impossible to find in any language, nevermind in Korean/English. The layout is nice with Korean on one side, English on the other. I bought another copy for a friend that just adopted a little Korean girl and for my own daughter. I've never been able to find anything else like it (except for the other book that Ms Han wrote also involving wise animals)." said.

"I read this book to my class of third graders. This is a trickster-tale, of sorts, from Korea. The story is well stated and easy to understand and the illustrations are wonderful. Yumi Heo has a distinct style that is magical, primitive, and quirky. We loved it! And it was a definite bonus to have the Korean text too. Even if we couldn't read it- it set the story in a cultural context. What a little gem!" said.

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