Seven Chinese Brothers

Seven Chinese Brothers

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Overview

Once upon a time in China there lived seven brothers who walked, talked, and looked alike. Each one possessed an amazing power all his own. But it is only when the brothers combine their special powers that they fool Ch'in Shih Huang, the cruel first emperor of all China, and save each others lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590420570
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/1992
Series: Blue Ribbon Book Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author


Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) worked as a librarian in her native New Zealand before becoming a full-time writer in 1980. Beloved by generations of readers, she wrote over 150 books for children and young adults, and in 2006, she received the Hans Christian Andersen Award (the "Nobel Prize of children's books") for her contribution to children's literature.

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Seven Chinese Brothers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Pangea More than 1 year ago
Without being overt about, 7 Chinese teaches golden lessons to readers. Each on their own, the brothers would never survive. But by supporting his brothers and each offering his life to save another, they remain a close-knit family. The beautiful illustrations are just enough to keep your attention, yet encourage imagination. This is a must-read bedtime story for children and adults alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this book being so good that it had what some might describe as a cult following when I was in school.
roseannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hadn't ever heard this story before! A folktale about the seven chinese brothers each with their own unique talent that they use (unwittingly) to defeat the evil emperor. It's a fun story that is also kind of funny and might make younger children laugh. I thought the illustrations added to the multicultural feel of the book. The obvious connection is to a unit on folktales or multiculturalism.
rbtanger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While perfectly serviceable, this book just doesn't live up to the greatness of Claire Huchet Bishop's "The Five Chinese Brothers". Adding in two extra brothers doesn't do this version of the Chinese folk-tale any favors.If the illustrations were better, then it might be a worthy competitor to the all black-and-white illustrations in the Bishop version. However, the cover illustration is the absolute best and the rest of the illustrations are simply ho-hum.The ending of the story has been changed slightly, as well, and not necessarily for the better. Do your children a favor and stick with the earlier, more simplistic version of the tale.
sbigger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is the tale of seven Chinese brothers who save each other from the emperor. We do not learn much about the characters except that they each have a special ¿strength¿ that allows them to help save a brother. The plot is very simple and runs in episode form, one for each brother. First a brother somehow insults the Emperor and is sentenced to death. One of the other brothers goes to save him because his special ¿strength¿ will make him impervious to the death sentence. In the end the youngest brother saves them all¿ by crying. The setting is in ancient China. The theme is the typical good vs evil, but some of Chinese culture can be seen with the importance of family that is displayed in the story. The best part of this book is the artwork. There are gorgeous fully page watercolor paintings that help convey the story. This would be a very good book for a storytime to help introduce children to tales from other cultures. I would recommend this to a elementary library or any library¿s juvenile collection.
sagrundman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is the tale of seven Chinese brothers who save each other from the emperor. We do not learn much about the characters except that they each have a special ¿strength¿ that allows them to help save a brother. The plot is very simple and runs in episode form, one for each brother. First a brother somehow insults the Emperor and is sentenced to death. One of the other brothers goes to save him because his special ¿strength¿ will make him impervious to the death sentence. In the end the youngest brother saves them all¿ by crying. The setting is in ancient China. The theme is the typical good vs evil, but some of Chinese culture can be seen with the importance of family that is displayed in the story. The best part of this book is the artwork. There are gorgeous fully page watercolor paintings that help convey the story. This would be a very good book for a storytime to help introduce children to tales from other cultures. I would recommend this to a elementary library or any library¿s juvenile collection.
GeniusBabies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of seven Chinese brothers with unique superpowers who take on the Chinese emperor. The story is very repetitive and contains strange logic (like the brothers keep sneaking out of the emperor's camp just to sneak back in). Overall not very interesting.
Leshauck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little bit of heroism and care makes this book a great learning experience for all elementary grades.
j12345 More than 1 year ago
This is truly a classic childrens book. I read this when I was very young and have read it several times since then. I bought this copy for my grandson. I am looking for a hardback copy for my personal library. My wife also considered this a great choice for children and I value her opinion on anything to do with raising children.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep your child involved all the way to the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I'm older now but I still love The Seven Chinese Brothers.