The Seven Chinese Sisters
The Seven Chinese Sisters

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Annotation: When a dragon snatches the youngest of seven talented Chinese sisters, the other six come to her rescue.
Catalog Number: #266817
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Albert Whitman
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition Date: 2003
Illustrator: Lin, Grace,
Pages: 32
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8075-7310-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-37042-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8075-7310-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-37042-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2002011330
Dimensions: 22 x 27 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
The story about brothers with unusual abilities is recast with seven sisters who have less quirky but equally useful talents--e.g., speaking to dogs and riding scooters as "fast as the wind." When a hungry dragon kidnaps Seventh Sister, the girls race to her rescue. The tale's humor is played up in both text (apparently dog language can pass for dragon) and illustrations (the dragon looks woefully skinny).
Kirkus Reviews
It was bound to happen in this era of feminized folk tales: a regendered version of what the blurb calls "a classic Chinese folk tale," though the only thing this has in common with the classic is the number of protagonists. The Seven Chinese sisters live together and take care of each other and each one has a special talent. First Sister could ride a scooter fast as the wind; Second Sister knows karate; Third Sister could count to 500 and beyond; Fourth Sister could talk to dogs; Fifth Sister could catch any ball; Sixth Sister could cook the most delicious noodle soup; and the Seventh Sister—well, they don't know yet because she is so little and hasn't spoken one word. When a terrible dragon smells Sixth Sister's noodle soup, he flies straight to the Sisters' house and snatches Seventh Sister, who is crawling on the floor. She utters her first word, "HELP," and all of the sisters use their talents to rescue her, returning home to eat the delicious soup. The dragon took Seventh Sister because he's hungry—in fact starving —and the girls promise to return the next day with soup for him. The saturated colors of their blue dresses, green trees, and the red scooter and dragon create sufficient tension for the story and keep pace with the liveliness of the action. There's a playfulness in the text as well as when Fourth Sister talks to the dragon in dog language. An entertaining feminist twist not to be confused with the original, this has strong female protagonists to help balance the rather strained story. (Folktale. 5-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Seven Chinese sisters, each with her own unique talent, live together happily in the countryside until one day a hungry dragon smells Sixth Sister's noodle soup and comes to investigate. Instead of a bowl of soup, he snatches Seventh Sister, a baby who doesn't yet talk, for his dinner. The other girls are off to the rescue, using their various skills, which, unlike the brothers in Margaret Mahy's retelling of the tale (Scholastic, 1989), are mostly down to earth-riding a scooter like the wind, talking to dogs, counting to 500 or higher, and so forth. They rescue the baby and promise to bring some soup to the starving beast the next day. This anemic-looking dragon isn't what you would usually find in a story set in China where most dragons are magnificent creatures that symbolize good luck and prosperity. Lin's bright and colorful illustrations add liveliness to the story. The seven siblings, in their dark-blue, patterned dresses, look docile in some scenes, assertive in others. Certainly they will keep this particular dragon in his place.-Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Good old-fashioned storytelling distinguishes Tucker's thoroughly engaging tale of courage, individual talent, and teamwork. Each of the seven Chinese sisters has a noteworthy skill: the eldest rides a scooter as fast as the wind; the second knows karate; the third can count to 500 and beyond; the fourth can talk to dogs; the fifth can catch any ball; the sixth cooks delicious noodle soup. The baby's talents are as yet undiscovered. One day, a hungry red dragon from a faraway mountain smells the soup and flies straight to the sisters' house. Distracted by plump Seventh Sister, he snatches her and steals her away (Her first word is HELP!). Then the sisters kick into action, each utilizing her unique talent in the rescue mission (especially amusing is the fourth sister's using dog talk to communicate with the dragon). Lin, of Dim Sum for Everyone! (2001), expertly captures the drama and humor of the story with delightful paintings that reveal lovely Chinese landscapes and a quirky, not-too-scary dragon. A wonderful read-aloud.
Word Count: 865
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 69675 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.7 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q56025
Lexile: AD650L

Once there were seven Chinese sisters who lived together and took care of each other. Each one had a special talent. When baby Seventh Sister is snatched by a hungry dragon, her loving sisters race to save her.

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