Chinese Fables and Cultural Stories

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She, Changmao
Zhu, Yifei
Zhu, Ying
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1997
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This is a helpful and representative little book. It is helpful because it brings together a number of excellent Chinese stories in a sturdy, compact, readable form also presenting the Chinese text and language helps to those who can use them. It is representative in this sense: I have read the first half of the 150 items here, and they are, apparently without exception, anecdotes rather than fables. From my experience, such stories are more representative of the Chinese than fables would be. They present especially the wise sayings of great people of the past. In some ways, reading a book like this is not that different an experience from reading Confucius' Analects. Among the best stories in the first half are these: The Crucian Carp Calls for Help (81), Cao Shang Acquires Carriages (84), The King of Chu Beats the Drum (116), A Man of Zheng Buys Shoes (133), Striving to Be the First and Fearing to Lag Behind (149), and especially Waiting for Hares by the Tree (180). Perhaps a third of the stories have simple black-and-white illustrations.
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Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press
Shanghai wai yu jiao yu chu ban she
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