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Climo, Shirley.
New York : HarperCollins, 1993
IL K-3, RL 4.1
ISBN 0064433978
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Pear Blossom is a beautiful young Korean girl. She was born to older parents, who had longed for a child. Fortune finally smiled on the older couple, and they were blessed with a daughter. The parents decided to plant a pear tree in the garden, in honor of her birth. With each passing season as the tree grew, so did the beauty of Pear Blossom. One season though, when the leaves had fallen off of the tree, and there was nothing left but bare branches, Pear Blossomâ€s mother died. Pear Blossomâ€s father didnâ€t know what to do; how was he to take care of his daughter? So, he married a widow in the village, with a daughter of her own about Pear Blossomâ€s age. Pear Blossomâ€s step-mother and step-sister were very jealous of her beauty, and they treated her badly. Pear Blossom's step-mother constantly gave her impossible tasks to finish: â€â€ Hull this rice Little Pig,â€? she ordered. â€â€?â€Polish every grain. Or else---she shook the empty bag---â€Youâ€ll be put in this sack and sent to China!â€?â€? (p. 18). Will Pear Blossom ever be able to escape her wicked step-mother and step-sister? Read her enchanting tale, accompanied by beautiful illustrations, and find out! (Michelle Owens-Rogers,, college student)
SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales.
                        Folklore -- Korea.

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