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Demi embroiders her retelling of this ancient fairy tale from China with richly textured words and finely detailed pictures inspired by Chinese art and fabrics. Readers will be caught up in the action and enchantment of the son's heroic quest of a magic tapestry as it unfolds page by page in dazzling gold ink. Full color. Demi embroiders her retelling of this ancient fairy tale from China with richly textured words and finely detailed pictures inspired by Chinese art and fabrics. Readers will be caught up in the action and enchantment of the son's heroic quest of a magic tapestry as it unfolds page by page in dazzling gold ink. Full color.


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Demi embroiders her retelling of this ancient fairy tale from China with richly textured words and finely detailed pictures inspired by Chinese art and fabrics. Readers will be caught up in the action and enchantment of the son's heroic quest of a magic tapestry as it unfolds page by page in dazzling gold ink. Full color. Demi embroiders her retelling of this ancient fairy tale from China with richly textured words and finely detailed pictures inspired by Chinese art and fabrics. Readers will be caught up in the action and enchantment of the son's heroic quest of a magic tapestry as it unfolds page by page in dazzling gold ink. Full color.

30 review for The Magic Tapestry: A Chinese Folktale

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Detzler

    I remember getting this book from the library years ago (I think I was 10) and really loving it. I had forgotten about this book until recently -- the vague memory of a Chinese boy knocking his teeth out with a rock (a memorable illustration, to be sure) suddenly hit me, and I was like??? I need to find this book?? I tried looking for it online unsuccessfully, only to miraculously stumble on it at the library just a few weeks later. It's probably the same book that I checked out 8 years ago, whi I remember getting this book from the library years ago (I think I was 10) and really loving it. I had forgotten about this book until recently -- the vague memory of a Chinese boy knocking his teeth out with a rock (a memorable illustration, to be sure) suddenly hit me, and I was like??? I need to find this book?? I tried looking for it online unsuccessfully, only to miraculously stumble on it at the library just a few weeks later. It's probably the same book that I checked out 8 years ago, which I thought was kind of neat and so immediately checked it out again. It's not as entrancing as I remember it, but the illustrations are lovely and it's definitely a nice little folktale to check out if you have any interest in Chinese folklore.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Misbah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A woman with three sons weaves the most beautiful tapestries. Her sons support her while she works day after day for years. Soon her eldest two sons get tired of helping her and only the youngest son takes care of her while she works. When she finishes the tapestry after the years, the eldest two argue about who gets to sell it. The tapestry suddenly flies away and the woman is devastated. She asks her eldest to go after it and he reluctantly complies. A man tells him the way to the tapestry but A woman with three sons weaves the most beautiful tapestries. Her sons support her while she works day after day for years. Soon her eldest two sons get tired of helping her and only the youngest son takes care of her while she works. When she finishes the tapestry after the years, the eldest two argue about who gets to sell it. The tapestry suddenly flies away and the woman is devastated. She asks her eldest to go after it and he reluctantly complies. A man tells him the way to the tapestry but it is very difficult. The son takes jewels instead and never returns home. The second soon does the same. The third son accepts the difficult quest and successfully returns the tapestry. He is rewarded with riches and a beautiful wife for his honesty and hard-work. Very interesting! Its amazing how much history is often behind simple cultural practices.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kest Schwartzman

    I am a little biased towards folktales about very determined craftspeople

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Long ago in China, a widow worked for years on a loom, creating an exquisite tapestry. Her two older sons complained about how long it was taking her to complete the tapestry, but her youngest son understood his mother, and took care of her through three long years of continuous labor at the loom. The finished work, woven with blood and tears, was so magical that the fairies of Sun Mountain wanted it so they could weave copies of it. When they whisked it away with a great wind, the widow was hea Long ago in China, a widow worked for years on a loom, creating an exquisite tapestry. Her two older sons complained about how long it was taking her to complete the tapestry, but her youngest son understood his mother, and took care of her through three long years of continuous labor at the loom. The finished work, woven with blood and tears, was so magical that the fairies of Sun Mountain wanted it so they could weave copies of it. When they whisked it away with a great wind, the widow was heartbroken, so the eldest son set out on a quest to get it back. Demi's illustrations -- delicate, beautiful, intricate, and bold -- are integral to the magic of this ancient Chinese fairy tale. Some pages are so perfect they could be framed as stand-alone works of art. A wonderful book, and well worth purchasing for your own library. Published as a picture book, but far more elegant than what you would expect in a book for children. If you can't get hold of a new copy, get a used one! Ages 6-60.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    A delightful telling of a Chinese fairy tail. The illustrations are lovely, tho I expected them to be a bit more elaborate at times. Bit still, a lovely picture book for young readers!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carole

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rahab Otto

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yinzadi

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aamina

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gail

  15. 4 out of 5

    qurat

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bhuva

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Hobbs

  18. 5 out of 5

    Demi Hunt

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate Porokh

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alley

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy Christine

  22. 4 out of 5

    Becca

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fats

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Ann Wilson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah McManus

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