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by Margaret Bateson-Hill & Francesca Pelizzoli

A greedy emperor demands an impossible task from Lao Lao, a Chinese woman who makes beautiful shapes from paper.

He kidnaps her, gives her a huge stack of fine white paper & orders her to produce jewels. The Ice Dragon comes to her rescue, turning the emperor & his guards into pillars of ice & taking Lao Lao up into the sky, from where her cuttings fall to the ground as snowflakes

This story is presented in both English & Chinese, along with a brief description of the Chinese language. Instructions & patterns for making traditional Chinese paper-cuts are also included


An ambitious original tale. Remarkably moving, beautifully told
The illustrations look like Chinese paintings mounted on patterned silk

The paper cuts are intriguing
The story weaves together many themes from traditional Chinese folk tales

Chinese paper cutting weaved into a moving story about greed & punishment. Very gentle & moving. Beautiful paper cutting pictures & instruction

Lovely book for those who like ethnic themes & folktales. Has a good moral behind the story. I used it as an introduction to a geometry lesson. Could be used in design as well

Soft bound
32 pages
29 x 21.5 cm

Good condition

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  • Seller location: Wellington City, Wellington, NZ

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