Format: Picture Books
Dimensions: 40 Pages, 8.27 × 10.63 × 0 in
Published: November 21, 1995
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140557393
ISBN - 13: 9780140557398
From the Publisher
Wrtitten by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson with painting
by Caldecott winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon
A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord
who wants to show off the bird''s magnificent plumage. But the wild
creature pines for his mate. When Yasuko, the kitchen maid,
releases the bird against her lord''s command, she and the one-eyed
servant, Shozo, are sentenced to death. The grateful bird intends
to return their kindness, but can he outsmart the cruel lord?
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for
Illustration, and a New York Times Best
Illustrated Children''s Book of the Year.
About the Author
Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education. Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she moved to Japan to be a missionary. Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer. In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award.
From Our Editors
Brilliant paintings illuminate this retelling of a popular Japanese folktale. Coveting a mandarin duck for his plumage, a greedy lord captures and cages him. The kitchen maid releases the bird and is sentenced to death. How the grateful drake returns the kindness, and outsmarts the capricious lord makes for a wondrous outcome. An ALA Notable Book