The Stonecutter: Chinese

Demi, Author, Hitz Demi, Author
Demi, Author, Hitz Demi, Author Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $15 (0p) ISBN 978-0-517-59864-1
Reviewed on: 04/03/1995
Release date: 04/01/1995
Hardcover - 978-0-517-59865-8
Hardcover - 978-0-517-27557-3
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The prolific author/artist brings her characteristically luxurious taste to this folktale, a Chinese equivalent of The Fisherman and His Wife. Here, it is a stonecutter who is granted his wishes to be turned into ever more powerful entities--until he learns, predictably, that ``being a stonecutter is best after all.'' Burnished gold backgrounds made of Chinese silk fill each spread, canvases for Demi's delicate pen-and-ink drawings and paintings. A harmonious sense of balance informs these compositions, the use of space complementing an underlying fluidity of movement (e.g., an angel's flowing robes, the swirling dragons of the sun). Sure to satisfy Demi's many fans. Ages 4-8. (May)
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