Tiger Woman by Yep

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A greedy old woman sits on her doorstep eating bean curd. When a ragged old man asks her to share a bit of her food, she pokes him with her chopsticks and says, "I'm a tiger when I'm famished, so begone, old beggar, vanish!" The old man does as she demands, but not before making the selfish woman's words come true in a surprising way. Full color.
 

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Laurence Yep, born in 1948 in San Francisco, is a well-known writer of fiction for young adults. He has also written and edited several works for adults. Yep was educated at Marquette University and holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Yep is Chinese American. He grew up in a black neighborhood in San Francisco, attended school in Chinatown, and later attended a predominately white high school. Much of the subject matter for his work comes out of his experiences trying to establish his own identity as a child and teenager. He writes about the experience of the "outsider" or "alien" and perhaps that is why his first writing was science fiction. Sweetwater, his first novel, was published in 1973 and is a work of science fiction. His second work Dragonwings published in 1975 is widely acclaimed. This is a work of historical fiction that deals with the Chinese American experience of the 1930's when many immigrants came to this country. Yep has gone on to write many other stories about Chinese Americans. He has also written mysteries, two of which have as the main character Mark Twain as a reporter in San Francisco. Yep has written fantasy works such as Shadow Lord and Kind Hearts and Gentle Monsters. Yep has won numerous awards for his work included a Book-of-the-Month-Club Writing Fellowship in 1970, the prestigious Newbery Medal Honor Book, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award several times.
 
Published August 1, 1995 by Troll Communications. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This zesty retelling of a Shantung folktale is as expertly executed as Yep's (Tree of Dreams) previous picture books. When a beggar asks a selfish old woman for a bite of her bean curd, she replies, `

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PW called this novel starring a boy, a dragon and a monkey (among others) who attempt to secure and protect a fabled phoenix egg, an "original fairy tale that successfully mixes fantasy and Chinese history."

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Tom Lee lives with his elderly grandmother, Mistress Lee, in a house filled with arcane signs and mirrors with trigrams.

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When a beggar asks a selfish old woman for a bite of her bean curd, she replies, ``I'm a tiger when I'm famished./ So begone, old beggar, vanish!'' (All the dialogue here is rendered in rhyme.) In return, the beggar casts a spell to ``be what you say you are,'' and the old woman indeed turns into...

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