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eBook The Monkey King: A Superhero Tale of China, Retold from the Journey to the West (Ancient Fantasy) ePub

eBook The Monkey King: A Superhero Tale of China, Retold from the Journey to the West (Ancient Fantasy) ePub

by Aaron Shepard

  • ISBN: 0938497405
  • Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Subcategory: For Children
  • Author: Aaron Shepard
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Skyhook Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Pages: 44
  • ePub book: 1418 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1772 kb
  • Other: mobi lrf azw lrf
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 391

Description

The Mountain of Marvels. A Celtic Tale of Magic. Retold from the Mwindo Epic.

The Mountain of Marvels. Retold from The Mabinogion. A Finnish Tale of Magic. Retold from the Kalevala. The Magic Flyswatter. A Superhero Tale of Africa. A Superhero Tale of China. Retold from The Journey to the West. ANCIENT FANTASY The Monkey King.

Aaron Shepard does for folklore and epic poems what Charles and Mary Lamb did for Shakespeare in the 1800's .

It was not a "superhero tale of China" China wasn’t even really mentioned in the book, and the monkey wasn’t much of a superhero! Overall, it was a cute book that you might have to read a few times to understand.

Shepard's Ancient Fantasy series retells portions of epic narratives sure to. .A great introductory book to the many fables of the Monkey King. It is fun. It is exciting.

Shepard's Ancient Fantasy series retells portions of epic narratives sure to pique kids' interest. He cannily selects episodes likely to grab the attention of a wide range of middle-graders, his storytelling voice varies to hint at the style of the original. These mini-novels would make fun classroom readalouds, too. No dumb-downs. ~ THE MAGIC FLYSWATTER: A Superhero Tale of Africa, Retold from the Mwindo Epic. Mwindo's father, the chief, never wanted a son and tries to get rid of him - but Mwindo has other ideas, as well as the powers to make them happen.

The Monkey King book. Early reader chapter book version of the monkey king. Great tone gently humorous

The Monkey King book. Great tone gently humorous. Great notes in the epilogue re the history & characters.

Mobile version (beta). Converted file can differ from the original. If possible, download the file in its original format. Mobile version (beta).

Ancient fantasy series ; 4.

The part retold here is about Monkey's origin and early career - and the one time he didn't come out on top. For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated!, Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of "The Baker's Dozen," "The Sea King's Daughter," "The Monkey King," and many more children's books.

Some error text about your books and stuff. Location: King of Prussia, PA. Condition: Very Good. The Monkey King: a Superhero Tale of China, Retold from the Journey to the West (Ancient Fantasy). May contain minor wear.

If you think Superman or Spiderman has been around a long time, think about Monkey. He has been China's favorite superhero for at least five centuries. He's amazingly strong, he can fly, and he has a few tricks those other superheroes never heard of. And he's always ready to do battle with demons, dragons -- sometimes even the gods.

Comments

Throw her heart Throw her heart
I'm reading this weekly with my third grade students. I personally enjoy the story, but can't believe how much they're into it. I thought without pictures I'd be in for some trouble because this is my first time with a Kindle book on the projector. Yet, it works.

Initially, I began reading the story with my booming stage voice to keep them interested, but I looked around and saw ten hands raised. I thought they were just going to bug me about getting water so they could get away so I ignored them for a bit. Then, one student blurted, "Can I read?" Well...sure. This continued until just about everyone in the room read a page.

Now, I read first and the others read it after I've completed a few pages. They're really into it and learning some huge words at the same time. But I don't have to define too much so it works out.

My class loves this.

On a more personal note, I had no clue how much Dragon Ball ripped from Sun Wukong. I was amazed and thrilled to read it. It keeps me entertained with or without the kids. I get a little upset when they ask me a question while we're reading it.
Anardred Anardred
Short read, of course, but a classic. Shepard's info at the back regarding his adaptation and the research that went into this version is interesting...perhaps as interesting as the tale itself. As he says, this is a condensation or just a part of the whole story (probably by 吴承恩), which is available to read, but this is certainly able to stand on its own. Great thing about these tales is that the hero doesn't always come out on top...or come out as a hero. There are lessons to learn, we just have to seek them out.
Zuser Zuser
A great introductory book to the many fables of the Monkey King.

It is fun. It is exciting. It is everything a little boy with special needs wanted.

Not having any inkling of the Monkey King, this boy was introduced to its fables by word. Stories were told to him through memories and it is such a great feeling for him to actually have a book where his own mother could read and read again the fables.
Matty Matty
This is a humorous retelling of a 16th century Chinese tale, or at least this is what we are told. Monkey is a kind of superman, but he doesn't seem all that bright. His parent was a magic stone, which being a stone could not talk and never gave him a name. He served as a king for some four hundred years but became bored and wanted a higher position. He went to learn with the Patriarch who taught him magic arts and made him immortal. Then he decided he wanted to be a god. His adventures are sometimes ridiculous but always funny and many readers will enjoy them.
Just_paw Just_paw
The universally known stories in a culture have a profound and lasting influence in the mindset of growing children they are told to, and mark the continuity of tradition when repeated to their own children. This is true in every culture and this story is the ultimate in Chinese children stories. Not only does this story contain numerous character studies, conflicts and scenes that have entered into linguistic/world view idiom, but hidden inside this story are cryptic allusions to deep Buddhist and Taoist training. The full version of this story has 100 books and some authors have considered this story on par with such classics as the Tao-Te-Ching.

This version is a good introduction to this story, the sort to give you a taste or to read to a child. I have a dozen versions of this story and while this is not my choice as the best short-popular version, it is close. Further, this author has released this text for the Kindle for 1 penny! This is the world's greatest bargain. Absolutely everyone should load this on their reader...

As an aside...

I hope that many like myself will purchase his dead tree version of the book and put it on their shelf, prove to publishers and Amazon that this is a good economic model. May many more authors release inexpensive e-book versions of texts as a promotion of their work. There is presently a vast quantity of high quality free audio books by authors trying to break in or grow their base, for traditionally published material. I regularly purchase texts that I have listened to or heard for free on the NPR Radio Reader program.

I personally have been less than enthused with the universal $10 price for kindle books, the overall reading experience and utility is not the equivalent of a paper book. Given that 99.9% of the infrastructure costs such a printing, ink, paper, transport and warehousing are nonexistent for e-books, $10 is exorbitant. I generally feel that if the paper back version of a book is available for $15 compared to a $10 Kindle e-book, I would unhesitatingly go with paper.

There is a lot of inexpensive e-book content "notably - Author 50-years-dead stuff" but much of the contemporary less than $5 content is barely spam. I hope that the Kindle consumer community will spot and recommend high quality inexpensive content; review and recommend it to others. Vote with your voice and and wallet (mouse-click) for this content to knock publishers of their high-horse...
GWEZJ GWEZJ
Classic entertainment.

If I'm not mistaken, this is adapted from 16th century Chinese lore. It's the preamble to Journey to the West - a super-bizarre, larger than life superhero story about a badass super-strength monkey (named Monkey - what up creativity?) with a several-ton staff that changes size at will.

Anyone who's played the PS3 / 360 game Enslaved - it's a weirdly-adapted version of this story... kind of.

This - and Aaron Shepard's entire series of culturally diverse children's story adoptions, are well worth a read.
Ahieones Ahieones
As a westerner, I didn't grow up with Monkey and Journey to the West, only coming across it as an adult. It's a great story, though, and as fundamental to Chinese culture as the Grimm fairy tales are to Euro-American culture. I got this short book to read to my grandchildren so they wouldn't have to wait as long as I did to encounter this entertaining rascal.
It makes me want to read its source material, which I gather was its point. I've always been a bit of a mythology fan, and Asian mythology is a fascinating contrast to the Greek/Roman and Norse that I'm most familiar with. One star off for feeling somewhat incomplete, though I suppose that was part of the plan for getting me to read the original.