The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

by Katherine Paterson
Illustrator Diane Dillon, Diane Dillon

Puffin | November 21, 1995 | Picture Books |

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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.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 Pages, 8.27 × 10.63 × 0 in

Published: November 21, 1995

Publisher: Puffin

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140557393

ISBN - 13: 9780140557398

Found in: Birds and Birdwatching
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

by Katherine Paterson
Illustrator Diane Dillon, Diane Dillon

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 Pages, 8.27 × 10.63 × 0 in

Published: November 21, 1995

Publisher: Puffin

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

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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