Signed. This copy is signed by both the author and the illustrator on the title page. Near Fine binding / Near Fine dust jacket. N° de réf. du libraire
Synopsis : Open this book, and the Far East is closer than you think. Here are fifteen traditional tales that embrace the folklore and culture of China. Some are based on tales as ancient as China itself, and some are newly spun. But all are intriguing in theirportrayal of everything from royal dynasties and sorcerers to peddlers and bandits. Readers of all ages will be enticed into a world of pageantry and enchantment.
About the Author: Barbara Ann Porte is a versatile writer for readers of all ages. Her picture books include Surprise! Surprise! It's Grandfather's Birthday! and "Leave That Cricket Be, Alan Lee."For beginning readers she has written Harry's Pony, Harry's Birthday, and Harry in Trouble. Middle readers enjoy her story collections, such as Hearsay: Strange Tales from the Middle Kingdom and Black Elephant with a Brown Ear (in Alabama). For young adults she has written the novel I Only Made Up the Roses.
Before turning to writing full time, Barbara Ann Porte was a storyteller and a librarian, serving as Chief, Children's Services Division, in the Nassau Library System in New York for twelve years. She now lives in northern Virginia.
Nancy Carpenter has illustrated several books for children, including Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye and Loud Emily by Alexis O'Neill. She is also a contributing illustrator to the New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.In Her Own Words...
"I was raised by a sometimes impractical mother with a strong social bent, and a father who worked hard but was also a dreamer. He often related extravagant stories. My two sisters and I took after them both. It was good preparation for becoming a writer.
"I spent a lot of my childhood helping in my father's store, a pharmacy around the corner from where we lived, on Manhattan's Upper East Side. It was a family affair. Even our mother, who was a lawyer, worked there. She got dressed up on Sundays, put on a hat, and "demonstrated" cosmetics.
"My sisters and I practiced doing that too. We also tried our hands at making "medicine": mixing colored powders, then tamping them into gelatin capsules. We ran errands, refused tips ("Explain that you're the owner's daughters," our mother told us), and conversed politely with customers, including a man with only one ear, his other having been bitten off in a fight. Other customers I remember were a magician who performed tricks for us, a sideline fisherman who kept us in mackerel, a famous short-story writer, an orchestra conductor, a chorus-line dancer, and a retired pianist who showed us how to shake our hands hard to keep them limber in case we ever became pianists, too.
"Favorites among our acquaintances were neighborhood proprietors: the baker who gave us cookies whenever we visited -I the bookseller in whose store we spent hours at a time reading; the uptown petshop owner from whom my father bought leeches, then delivered them to a local hospital to be used for bleeding unfortunate patients.
"Given this background, the variety of career possibilities didn't escape us-or our mother. "You can be anything you want," she told us nightly, after reading to us and tucking us in. "Actress," my older sister decided. Our best friend's mother had just married a British movie star. It sounded fine to me, but I also wanted to be like Mowgli in The Jungle Book and live with wolves, travel on the backs of geese as Nils did in Selma Lagerlof's novel. I wanted to be a liberator like Simon Bolivar and a scientist like Madame Curie. I wanted to ride the winged horse Pegasus and fly to exotic places.
"I flew instead to Iowa to study farming. Though it seemed a good idea at the time, later it was hard to find a job in my field in New York. I went back to school and became a science librarian. But the only job I was ever offered involved telling stories to children. "Of course I know how," I said at my interview, thinking of my father. It turned out fine, and led to my writing children's books.
"Now I'm everything I want to be. I work in worlds of my own invention. They're filled with fantastic events, extravagant people with strong social bents, and lots of animals. I've become a grandmother, too. I love to read to my grandchildren and tuck them in. "You can be anything you want," I tell them. I think there's only one trick: You have to dream the right dreams, and persist."
Titre : HEARSAY: STRANGE TALES FROM THE MIDDLE ...
Éditeur : Greenwillow Books
Date d'édition : 1998
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Near Fine binding
Edition : First Eidtion
Description du livre HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. This copy shows very minor wear. N° de réf. du libraire G068815381XI4N10
Description du livre Greenwillow Books. Hardcover. État : GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. N° de réf. du libraire 2772752276
Description du livre Greenwillow Books. État : As New. Signed Copy . Very Good dust jacket. Signed by author on title page. N° de réf. du libraire SB16D-00941
Description du livre Greenwillow Books. Hardcover. État : Fair. 068815381X Brand new. Has remainder mark & slight shelf wear. N° de réf. du libraire SKU1022513
Description du livre Greenwillow Books, New York, New York, 1998. Hard Cover. État : Fine. Etat de la jaquette : Fine. Wood Engravings by Rosemary Feit Covey (illustrateur). 1st Edition, 1st Printing. With 136pp and many illustrations. Very clean and tight. Remainder mark on edge. No Writing or Other Marks. Good Packing, Fast Shipping. N° de réf. du libraire 046442
Description du livre Greenwillow Books, 1998. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. Covey, Rosemary Feit (illustrateur). First Edition. Clean, tight and square. No markings. Gift condition. Ex library. Remainder mark. N° de réf. du libraire 005370
Description du livre Greenwillow Books, 1998. Hardcover. État : Used: Good. N° de réf. du libraire SONG068815381X
Description du livre Greenwillow Books. Hardcover. État : Fine. 068815381X Fine in Fine dust jacket. First edition. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. N° de réf. du libraire BING69024
Description du livre Greenwillow Books, 1998. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX068815381X
Description du livre Greenwillow, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998. Hardboard and Cloth. État : Fine. Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine. Rosemary Feit Covey (illustrateur). First Edition. First Printing. Slight bumping to top and bottom of DJ spine, elsewise a fine, bright, clean, tight, collector-worthy copy. ILLUSTRATED with the wood engravings of Rosemary Feit Covey. "Open this book, and the Far East is closer than you think. Here are fifteen traditional tales that embrace the folklore and culture of China, the country the Chinese call the "Middle Kingdom," at the center of the universe. Some are based on tales as ancient as China itself, and some are newly spun. But all of the stories are intriguing in their portrayals of everything from royal dynasties and sorcerers to peddlers and bandits. (Not to mention ghosts, crickets, dragons, and trained eels.) Readers of all ages will be enticed into a world of pageantry and enchantment and will want to carry on the tradition of telling-and retelling-stories to all who will listen." 136 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 007458