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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The story of the emporers new clothes takes place in China. This story and illustrations depict the Chinese culture and landscape.

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This story is about an Emperor who wants new clothes to be made for him. He has two people design the new clothes for him. The clothes are "invisible" and only the clever people can see it. The fools are the ones who can not see the clothing. The Emperor does not want them to think he is a fool so he put the "clothes" on and goes out into public. This story relates to social justice because it deals with trying to fit in and not wanting to feel like an outcast. The Emperor does not want the designers to think he is a fool so he pretends that he can see the clothing.  

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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