Maya and the Turtle by John C. Stickler
A Korean Fairy Tale

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"Long, long ago, in a small village in a far away land, there lived a young girl named Maya…" And, so the story goes.

Poverty is all Maya has ever known, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. One day, she finds a little turtle and takes him home, raising and loving him, never knowing that he will play an instrumental part in her destiny.

Maya and the Turtle is a beautifully illustrated and poignant tale about the rewards of kindness, patience and courage, and a lesson in how true glory must be earned. Because it takes the loving kindness of a pure heart to awaken great love and power in another.

Children will learn about Korean culture through this charming original fairy tale.

About John C. Stickler

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Soma Han is a native of Korea. After studying under Korea's leading sculptor Lee II Young, she earned a BA in literature as well as a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Soma is a painter, sculptor, mosaic artist and book illustrator whose work has been exhibited in galleries in the U.S., Korea and Hong Kong.John C. Stickler is a graduate of Yale University, and spent thirteen years in Korea working in advertising and news reporting. He has had a long career in letters, including publishing, editing and travel writing. He and Soma live in California. Together they co-authored Land of Morning Calm, Korean Culture Then and Now (Shen's Books 2006).
Published September 10, 2012 by Tuttle Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The story arc seems to be missing a main ending as the self-sacrifice story turns into a lingering and forced love story.

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The husband-and-wife team of Stickler and Han retells a fairy tale from Han’s childhood, in which a young woman’s kindness and bravery are rewarded handsomely.

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I liked that the Turtle saved Maya after she saved it.

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