The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy by Yangsook Choi
A Korean Folktale

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"A long time ago in Korea, there was not enough light.It was before the sun and the moon had been created." So begins one of the most treasured folktales of Korea. Reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood, this ancient tale reveals how a hungry tiger tries to trick a young boy and girl into thinking that he is their mother. But their sharp wits and a measure of good luck are enough to save the children and reunite them with their mother, high above in the sky. Together, they bring the first rays of sunlight and moonlight to the world below. Having heard this story told many times by her grandmother, Yangsook Choi now brings her own voice and breathtaking oil paintings to The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy. With them, she shares an important part of her childhood and the Korean tradition.  

About Yangsook Choi

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Yangsook Choi grew up in Seoul, Korea. She has written and illustrated several books for young readers, including "The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy" and "Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong" by Frances Park and Ginger Park. The first book she illustrated, "Nim and the War Effort" by Milly Lee, was an ALA Notable Book and an IRA-CBC Children's Book Award Winner.
Published October 15, 1997 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Non-fiction

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This absorbing Korean folktale--with shades of Little Red Riding Hood--marks Choi's (Nim and the War Effort) debut as an author; here a tiger is the foe and two siblings the targeted prey. Long ago,

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Long ago, ""before the sun and moon had been created,"" a mother went to the market, leaving her son and daughter at home with this warning: "" `Do not open the door to anyone but me.' "" On her way home, the mother is swallowed by a tiger, who dons her clothes and tricks the pair into letting hi...

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