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“A tale of artistic integrity told with artful simplicity.”
—Kirkus Reviews starred review
“Visually it advances like the unrolling of an oriental scroll . . . A satisfying tale, whether read aloud or pored over alone to pick up the whimsical humor of the illustrations.”
—School Library Journal
“The author masterfully retells the story . . . Combined with Chen’s delightful ink and watercolor paintings, it makes reading the book like watching a well-done play.”
—The San Fransisco Times
Chan Lo is a humble stone carver who is given a perfect piece of green and white jade to carve by the Great Emperor of All China. Is there a dragon in the stone, as the emperor demands? What does Chan Lo hear the stone say? What does it want to be? When Chan Lo finally succumbs to the stone’s true wishes, the emperor is furious and throws him in prison. Can the spirit of the jade stone save the stone carver’s life?
Warmly illustrated by painter Ju-Hong Chen, this Chinese folktale offers a clear and gentle message of artistic truth and a lesson in staying true to one’s self.
About the Author
Author Caryn Yacowitz lives in Palo Alto, California. She has published eleven children’s books, including her Native American Series, and her poetry and plays have appeared in several anthologies. She holds a master of arts degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University and an undergraduate degree in history/political science from Rutgers University. Ms. Yacowitz teaches writing at several colleges and universities in northern California. Her picture book Pumpkin Fiesta was named to the California Collections in 2005.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator, designer, and painter Ju-Hong Chen was born in Shanghai, China. Since moving to America in 1982, he has illustrated a number of children’s books. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with his wife and daughter.
THE JADE STONE
A Chinese Folktale
Adapted by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by Ju-Hong Chen
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
32 pp. 10 x 8
31 color illus.