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Yep, Laurence.
Troll, 1995
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
ISBN 0816730318

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Sung is just the opposite of the fearful Missy. Sung is a young, brave Chinese man who is scared of nothing. One day he visits a cousin who lives in a distant village. Sung stays all day and his cousin begs him to stay overnight warning him that travelers have vanished on the path leading back to Sung’s hometown. Sung laughs at such fears and heads home anyway. On the way he meets a ferocious looking ghost also going to Sung’s hometown. Sung pretends that he is a ghost and discovers that the warrior ghost is on a quest to kill Sung. Sung must think of a way to trick the ghost before they get to Sung’s hometown. Will he find a way and if so how will he do it? Read The Man Who Tricked a Ghost by Laurence Yep  (Lisa M. Cave,, North Middle High Library)

Booktalk #2

The Man who Tricked a Ghost by Laurence Yep is a Chinese story that was first written down in the third century AD. It is the story of a man named Sung who is not afraid of anything because “We are all forms of the same thing . . . which makes us all cousins. So why should I be afraid?� Although it is about ghosts, this book makes ghosts seem harmless and would be good for children who are afraid of ghosts and monsters. This book is culturally accurate in that Sung tricks the ghost by scolding him for having bad manners, something that is extremely important in Asian culture. Also, the idea of all living things being connected is prevalent in Eastern religions. This book is written at approximately a third grade reading level and will teach students about Asian culture and to be brave when they feel afraid. (Heather, K-12 student)

SUBJECTS:    Folklore -- China. 


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