Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann TompertGrandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert

Grandfather Tang's Story

byAnn TompertIllustratorRobert A. Parker

Paperback | August 12, 1997

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This folktale told using ancient Chinese puzzles and watercolor illustrations has been beloved for over twenty-five years and is the perfect addition to your Father's Day reading list!

When Little Soo asks for a story, Grandfather Tang arranges the tangram pieces and two magic fox fairies spring to life. The foxes change shapes as quick as a wink, from rabbits to dogs to squirrels and geese. But their game turns dangerous when a hunter raises his bow. . . .

Originally published in 1990, Grandfather Tang’s Story will continue to delight new readers as the wonder of the tangram puzzle—and an endearing game between a grandfather and his granddaughter—reveals a story of magic, clever animals, and, ultimately, true friendship.

An NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
An NCTE Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Language Arts

“Ingenious.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Ann Tompert is an award-winning children’s book author who has written more than 20 books, including Harry's Hats, Just a Little Bit, and Little Fox Goes to the End of the World. Prior to beginning her writing career, she was a first-grade teacher for 20 years. Tompert lives in Port Huron, Michigan, with her husband.Robert A. Parker ha...
Title:Grandfather Tang's StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10.06 × 8.06 × 0.16 inPublished:August 12, 1997Publisher:Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0517885581

ISBN - 13:9780517885581

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educators take note! This book is a fabulous way to integrate across language, geometry and social issues! Primary children will be excited by the story and will enjoy making animal shapes with their tangrams as they follow along. Also, use it to discuss conflicts and resolution. A great time for teachers and students.
Date published: 2000-11-08

From Our Editors

"Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies. Parker's pen-and-watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insets will motivate children to try their own versions".--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"