The Five Chinese Brothers

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Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1938 - Juvenile Fiction - 45 pages
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From the Publisher: The classic story about five clever brothers, each with a different extraordinary ability is "a dramatic retelling of an old Chinese tale. When Bishop makes the tall brother stretch, the sea-swallower work, or the robust one hold his breath, young children will laugh and laugh."-New York Herald Tribune Books.

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I liked reading this book. The illustrations were very well done and were more interesting than usual, for example in one part of the story you had to turn the book sideways to view the entire ... Read full review

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This story is a spell-binding tale of five brothers that are in trouble and help each other. The morale of the story is: everyone has their own special talents, and we were born with them for a reason, sometimes to use it together and sometimes maybe solo. Wether you have superpowers, or you don't, you'll love the Five Chinese Brothers! 


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About the author (1938)

German-born Kurt Wiese lived on a farm in Frenchtown, New Jersey. He wrote and illustrated over 20 childrens books, and illustrated over 300 books by other authors. Wiese was awarded many honors during his career including the New York Herald Tribune Children's Spring Book Festival Award in 1941 for Captain Kid's Cow, in 1942 for Lions on the Hunt and in 1945 for The Wizard and His Magic Powder. He received the Caldecott Honor Book Award in 1946 for You Can Write Chinese and in 1948 for Fish in the Air. He also won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959 for The Five Chinese Brothers, in 1965 for The Story About Ping, and in 1970 for Honk, The Moose. Wiese worked primarily in full-color, and also did mural work painting the animals in murals in the Union Hotel in Flemington. Significant pieces of this art still remain on display in the dining room. He was a noted Hunterdon County childrens book illustrator, and donated a collection of his original drawings to the Flemington Public Library.

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