The Lost Horse by Ed Young
A Chinese Folktale

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The Caldecott Medalist’s magnificent illustrations combine paint and paper collage to animate this ancient Chinese story of a wild horse that brings extraordinary reversals of fortune to its trusting owner. Three removable, cut-paper puppets invite young readers to act out the story and to create exciting new tales of their own.
 

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Published April 15, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this retelling of a Chinese folktale from Young (Mouse Match, 1997, etc.), the wise man, Sai, conveys to others how what appears bad is often good, and what first seems good fortune can be bad.

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In this retelling of a Chinese folktale, a wise man loses his horse and he utters what becomes a refrain, "You know, it may not be such a bad thing."

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This pattern continues, and by the end, Sai's son, like his father, ""trust[s] in the ever changing fortunes of life."" It's a relatively metaphysical lesson for a picture book, but Young's restrained and even suspenseful telling brings the message home warmly and appealingly.

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