Kid’s Book Review: East Asian Folktales, Myths and Legends

Kid’s Book Review: East Asian Folktales, Myths and Legends

About the Book

This book of eighteen short stories enables a reader to follow the journey of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac, explore the history of major festivals and meet legendary figures – such as the famous Hua Mulan.

Eva Wong Nava was born on a tropical island where a heraldic animal spurts water. Her ancestors braved monsoon winds sailing from the Middle Kingdom to British Malaya to plant roots in Southeast Asia. When the winds changed, her relatives sailed again and found another home somewhere in the western hemisphere, braving snow storms and hail. For more information about this author please visit her website>

Book Review

I wouldn’t normally choose to read a book of short stories, however I think that trying new genres is good.

I wouldn’t normally choose to read a book of short stories, however I think that trying new genres is good. In this book, my favourite was Crab and Monkey Go to War and I also really enjoyed The Great Race. I liked these two in particular because I felt like I understood them, and I could relate to them more than the others.

I find that some short stories leave some bits to your imagination which can make them feel like half – stories but some of the stories in this collection feel more complete.

The author has chosen to put the stories into groups or themes. This helped me to understand the stories better, although you can choose to hop around rather than following the book from start to finish.

Having short stories might help someone who doesn’t read very often because it gives them the chance to have a break and not lose their place or flow. The stories are easier to follow when they are short too.
The variety of characters might give you a story you can relate to which could mean that the message from this book might be to listen to your culture and ancestry.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Aki
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: Books, crochet and music
  • Dislikes: Loud noises and spiders
  • Favourite Book: The Treekeepers by Kieran Larwood
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  • Favourite Song: Rule the world by Take That