The Master Swordsman & the Magic Doorway by Alice Provensen
Two Legends from Ancient China

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Little Chu wants to defend his family and protect the village from bandits. He apprentices with Master Li, the greatest teacher of the sword in all of China -- and finds that having the skill means he'll never have to use it.

When the Emperor sees Mu Chi's magnificent mural, he decrees that the painter's reward shall be death. After all, no one but the Emperor should own such a perfect painting. Wielding the power of art, Mu Chi is able to find a way out of his dilemma.

These two stories about masters of their arts are retold and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Alice Provensen, a master artist in her own right. Readers and listeners will be enchanted by the humor and irrepressible spirit with which these characters take on obstacles and triumph over them.


About Alice Provensen

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Alice Provensen is a preeminent American illustrator. With her late husband, Martin, she received the Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight and a Caldecott Honor for Nancy Willard's Newbery Medal-winning A Visit to William Blake's Inn. The Provensens have appeared on the New York Times list of the Ten Best Illustrated Books eight times -- the second most of any book illustrator. Alice Provensen lives on Maple Hill Farm in New York State.
Published October 1, 2001 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two inspiring tales of paradox from the Middle Kingdom captivate Caldecott winner Provensen (The Glorious Flight; A Visit to William Blake

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