The Emperor's New Clothes: A Tale Set in China

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Margaret K. McElderry Books, May 1, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 42 pages
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Long ago in a province in China there lived an emperor whose greatest pleasure in life was to dress in new clothes.
So begins Demi's retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a proud emperor who does not see what is obvious until he hears the truth from a child.
Based upon several different translations of the original Danish story, Demi's tale is set in old provincial China. Filled with exquisite details, bright panoramas, and golden hues that leap off a wealth of fold-out pages, this story lures readers into a magical place and time. The story follows the four seasons of the year and is packed with visual elements of Chinese culture for readers to pore over for hours.
Demi has captured in text and paintings all the majesty of China and all the magic that makes for the very best fairy tales. This elegant edition of a favorite story is sure to be cherished by all.

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User Review  - apetru5 - LibraryThing

I had mixed feelings about this book for a few reasons. One reason that I liked this book is because it accurately represented the Chinese culture in the illustrations by showing the typical Chinese ... Read full review

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

Hans Christian Andersen's famous tale is transplanted to China in this retelling by the prolific Demi, whose many folkloric picture-books for children include One Grain Of Rice and Liang and the Magic ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Demi is the award-winning creator of numerous books for children, including The Empty Pot; Buddha; The Dalai Lama; The Legend of Saint Nicholas; Gandhi, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award; and Muhammad, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice selection, a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection, one of the Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth, and a Book Links “Lasting Connections” selection, and was cited in a Publishers Weekly starred review as a “timely, exceptionally handsome biography [that] serves as an excellent introduction to Islam.” Demi lives in Carnation, Washington.

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