DA Wei's Treasure by Margaret Chang
A Chinese Tale

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Da Wei and his father were poor tenant farmers whose landlord, the local Magistrate, was a hard, greedy man. Da Wei's father had only one thing to leave Da Wei when he died -- a large rock taken from the ocean, given to him by a lonely old fisherman with the promise that one day, a light would shine from the rock and show the way to treasures beneath the sea. And one day, the light "did" blaze forth. After the crops were harvested, Da Wei went to visit the seaside village where the old fisherman had lived. Miraculously, the sea opened a path for him to follow. Bravely, he walked between walls of water until he came to a splendid mansion.

The only treasure he found there was a small orange kitten that seemed to like him, so he took it back to his farm. Every day, all day long, he worked his land, but before long, he began to find that his evening meal was ready for him to cook when he returned. Yet no one had been there. The kitten was always sitting contentedly on the windowsill.

How Da Wei discovered the kitten's secret, found a lovely bride for himself, and was able to thwart his corrupt landlord make an enchanting story full of romance and adventure that will stir young readers' imaginations.

Skillfully retold and illustrated with sensitive oil paintings, this is a book that children will come back to time after time.


About Margaret Chang

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Chang teaches children's literature at North Adams State College. Raymond Chang received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from London University, England and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University. After doing postdoctoral research at Washington University and teaching for a year at Hunter College, he joined the chemistry at Williams College, where he has taught since 1968. Professor Chang has written books on spectroscopy, physical chemistry, and industrial chemistry. Lori McElrath-Eslick is the illustrator of a number of children's books, including Read for Me, Mama and Mommy Poems, which were both published by Boyds Mills Press. Her illustrations have appeared in several magazines including Cricket, Highlights for Children, and Country Living. Ms. McElrath-Eslick lives with her husband and their two children in North Muskegon, Michigan.
Published May 1, 1999 by Margaret K. McElderry. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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This enchanted adventure tale from the Changs (The Beggar’s Magic, 1997, etc.) rolls along smoothly, telling of a poor but thoughtful and diligent son of a peasant in China.

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While the characters of McElrath-Eslick's (Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?) oil paintings look somewhat inconsistent, a close-up of Da Wei at the moment when his father's gift begins its supernatural transformation and a view of the boy reaching the seaside village are standouts.

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