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The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Picture Puffins) [Paperback]

By Katherine Paterson (Author) & Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
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In a tale illustrated by paintings in the style of eighteenth-century Japanese woodcuts, servants of a greedy lord are sentenced to death after they release a mandarin duck that the lord had captured. Reprint.

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Wrtitten by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson with painting by Caldecott winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon
A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord who wants to show off the bird's magnificent plumage. But the wild creature pines for his mate. When Yasuko, the kitchen maid, releases the bird against her lord's command, she and the one-eyed servant, Shozo, are sentenced to death. The grateful bird intends to return their kindness, but can he outsmart the cruel lord?

Winner of the "Boston Globe"/Horn Book Award for Illustration, and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Picture Puffins) by Katherine Paterson & Diane Dillon has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 197
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 119
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/13/1995
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 146

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.84" Width: 8.46" Height: 0.12"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1995
Publisher   Puffin
Age  4-8
ISBN  0140557393  
ISBN13  9780140557398  
UPC  051488006992  

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More About Katherine Paterson & Diane Dillon

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, forBridge to Terabithiain 1978 andJacob Have I Lovedin 1981.The Master Puppeteerwon the National Book Award in 1977 andThe Great Gilly Hopkinswon the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
She is a vice-president of theNational Children s Book and Literacy Allianceand is a member of the board of trustees forVermont College of Fine Arts. She is also a honorary lifetime member of theInternational Board of Books for Young Peopleand an Alida Cutts lifetime member of the US section, USBBY. She is the 2010-2011National Ambassador for Young People s Literature."

Katherine Paterson currently resides in Barre, in the state of Vermont.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Picture Puffins)?

The beauty and inspiration of ducks  Mar 6, 2008
This Chinese tale reflects the symbolism of Mandarin ducks of fidelity and marital love. It is beautifully illustrated and touching in its intrinsic drama. Ducks and other poultry have an enduring appeal. Small flock keepers enjoy the literary and mythological importance of the birds which exert such an attraction on them. Start your own small flock with How To Raise Chickens: Everything You Need To Know (How to Raise...). How to Raise Poultry, including ducks, will be available in Spring 2009.
Charming and affectionate  Feb 16, 2007
This lovely book maeasures up to every standard one can reasonably expect. The artwork is skilled and enjoyable. The story has kindness, altruism, moral dilemma and resolution, reward, and a big touch of magic. There's a pleasant realism about story, too. It shows a number of details of Japanese life, in passing, to give a storybook kid views of a life [s]he might never have seen in person. And, although the words "happily ever after" never actually appear, the last page shows the young couple deep in their old age. The book, as a whole, meets every objective standard of what I like to see in a children's book.

For me, though, this book goes way beyond reasonable standards, well into the things I favor in a very personal and subjective way. I take immense pleasure ukiyo-e prints, the classical Japanese woodcut style that these modern artists imitate. I first saw the picture of the sleeping couple as a greeting card, and found it affectionate and romantic, with a tiny chaste hint of very grown-up love - that image led me to hunt this book down. The one-eyed samurai has meaning in my family, too. And the "madarin ducks" of the title, traditional symbols of fidelity, have a strong and affectionate significance for me for utterly personal reasons.

So I recommend this book to anyone with a read-to-me kid. It's very easy for anyone to like. For me, though, a striking set of coincidences make this a truly memorable work.

Great Read Aloud!  May 18, 2006
This book is great to read to kids! It has suspense and it also shows kids how doing the right thing can seem bad, but soon you'll get something back. I liked the moral of the story and I like the way they illustarted it to look just like ancient Japan.
Love Takes Wing  Nov 6, 2005
This beautifully illustrated book and equally beautiful story is very moving. It is set in old Japan and is a look at Japanese history and culture.

It is the story of love; of being willing to take chances to protect another and about kindness rewarding many times over. It speaks to the ripple effect of how one single act of kindness, in this case freeing an imprisoned drake will be rewarded lovingly.
What a great kids book!  Jul 19, 2005
I bought this for my nephew a few years back, and I looked through it before wrapping it. The story is interesting yet simple, and the illustrations are beautiful. It also provides a nice little glimpse into another culture, which is nice for homeschooling families. I can't wait until my son is old enough to read this with him!

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