The Farmer and His Sons

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Kang, Yoon-Chung
Lee, Woo-Bum
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2000
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I first saw a wall-full of this series at Kyobo Book in Seoul in July, '04. I bought one copy, came home, and worked to order the full set of thirty booklets, workbooks, and audio cassettes from the publisher. Each set cost 9,800 Won. I have divided that cost among the book (6800 Won), booklet (1000 Won), and cassette (2000 Won). The colored booklet features twenty-eight thick, sturdy pages and excellent color reproduction. The art is cartoon-like, simple, and direct. In this version, all three boys perpetually make excuses. They cannot help the dutiful Mr. Thompson in his grape fields. The neighbors notice how unhelpful the boys are. As Mr. Thompson faces his death, he cannot stop worrying about his sons. How will they survive? On his deathbed, they make surprising responses to him: I am not interested in grapes. I don't want to work all day under the sun. I want to live in the city. This father, asked as he is dying where the treasure is, says that he cannot remember. Just keep digging and you shall find it. After he dies, the neighbors notice how vigorously the boys are digging: Mr. Thompson would be really happy. This version is perhaps loose at its end. Peter says Now I know. Treasure is everywhere. David responds: Yes. If we work hard, we can always get it. James: So that's what father was trying to tell us. The boys may not have completely understood yet! Work hard and good fortune will always follow.
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