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Hai Li Bu is a good hunter, but not even he can find enough food for his village when the drought comes. The people grow thin and weak, the children rarely laugh -- but worst of all, they begin to argue and stop listening to one another. Out on a hunt one day, Hai Li Bu saves a small snake from the beak of a crane. He is surprised to learn that he has rescued the daughterHai Li Bu is a good hunter, but not even he can find enough food for his village when the drought comes. The people grow thin and weak, the children rarely laugh -- but worst of all, they begin to argue and stop listening to one another. Out on a hunt one day, Hai Li Bu saves a small snake from the beak of a crane. He is surprised to learn that he has rescued the daughter of the Dragon King of the Sea. The Dragon King offers Hai Li Bu the reward of his choice. Hai Li Bu asks only to know the language of animals. Then he can be a better hunter for his village. His wish is granted with a provision: He must never reveal the secret of his gift to anyone. Hai Li Bu's people are saved from famine, but when he hears from the animals that a flood is coming that will destroy everything in his village, the people do not listen to him. "You ask us to leave our homes. How can we know what you say is true?" a village elder asks him. Now Hai Li Bu is faced with a terrible choice: to let the people of his village die in the flood or to reveal his secret, knowing the dire consequences for himself. Caldecott Medal and Honor-winner Ed Young's magnificent illustrations bring this poignant traditional folktale to life....

Title : The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale
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ISBN : 9780689829062
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale Reviews

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2018-12-25 03:27

    This was a beautifully told Chinese folktale illustrated by Ed Young in a simple manner similar to Chinese drawings. A hunter is rewarded for saving the life of a snake, and uses the gift he is given to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save his people. What I particularly liked was that on each page was a rectangular red box containing Chinese writing summarizing in a few words the action on that page. I think this is Mary Casanova's best book. Recommended!

  • Jacqueline Erickson
    2018-12-25 08:09

    I really enjoyed this book and think children woud definitely as well! The illustrations were very beautiful and it was not long and drawn out and told the story of a hunter who saved his village. There were parts that required some imagination because a snake was able to speak and she had a village under the water. It was a very sweet book though, about caring for animals and caring for people.

  • Lindsay
    2018-12-22 08:26

    The Hunter, by Mary Casanova retells a Chinese folktale about village in need and the hunter who desperately wants to provide nourishment to his community members. The hunter in the story goes out day after day searching for game, but the animals are alluding him. One day, he rescues a snake from the grips of a crane. At the time, he did not realize that this small snake was the daughter of the Dragon King of the Sea. In gratitude, the Dragon King grants the hunter one wish. The hunter asks for the power to hear the animals speak so he can better hunt them and provide for his village. The Dragon King grants the with with the stipulation that if the hunter should ever tell his secret to anyone, he would turn to stone. The hunter's new powers serve their purpose and the village grows strong and healthy again because of the nourishment provided. One day, the hunter overhears the animals chattering about the heavy rains coming that will surely flood the village and crumble the mountaintops. The hunter is faced with the dilemma of keeping his secret to save his own life or telling the villagers of the news he has learned from the animals. Surely they will not believe him without a source, and many will die in the floods. This folktale contains the expected elements associated with traditional literature. There is magic and suspense and a dilemma that is solved with a strong moral to the story. The main characters consist of humans as well as talking, rationalizing animals. This book has a strong message of looking out for the good of the community over the good of oneself and would make a great addition to many community building activities. This book can also be used in a more broad unit on folktales in which students can be asked to map the plot from beginning to climax to resolution and discuss the moral of the story. This folktale could also be used in a unit on Asian studies. Stories that have been told for generations, and sometimes centuries, give us a window into the beliefs, worries, and ideas of civilizations long past. We can compare these ways of thinking to modern, Western thought and see if students can find any similarities or differences. Scholastic Books rates the interest level of this book at K-2 with a reading level of 3.1. With a deeper discussion in mind, however, this book and many other forms of traditional literature can be used successfully in the older grades as well.

  • PictureBooks Review
    2018-12-27 10:16

    "The author first heard this story from an exchange student from Chang Chun, the capital city in the Ji Lin province of northeast China," begins the book, prior to the dedication.Not counting the cover and title page, Young produced 15 illustrations for this particular book, each corresponding to one of these characters, which appear as tiny, scarlet imprints on the right hand corner of each page, like a seal. Taken in total, they form a narrative.This is the story of a young hunter named Hai Li Bu, charged with providing the meat for his village in a land where game has grown scarce and life is hard. "The children rarely laughed, the young women seldom sang, and the white-haired people were too weak to leave their mats."However, deep within the caves beneath the village lives the Dragon King, whom Young illustrates with a multitude of fierce strokes, seemingly unconnected to any shape or outline. He is surrounded by treasures and by magic, and it is with him that Hai Li Bu must bargain."Your treasures are beautiful, but the only thing I desire is to understand the language animals. Then I can be a better hunter."The Dragon King reared back and from out of his mouth shot a round stone. "Take it," he said, "and your wish will come true. But remember one thing: You must not pass on the secret of your gift, or you will surely turn to stone, like the one you now hold."For a while, this gift helps the hunter, and he is able to return to his village each night with more and more food. But there is a price to be had, one of heightened responsibility. He must warn his fellow villagers of a coming storm - which he knows about due only to his understanding of the birds and the beasts. His fellow villagers do not believe his words, and so he is forced to divulge the secret of his knowledge."Look," he said, "the birds flee." As he spoke, his toes grew stiff as stones. "Tomorrow the mountain will be struck by lightning," he added, and his legs became granite hard. "The village will be flooded," he said, and his hands stopped in midair. "Listen," he said, "believe me and have courage." And as he spoke these last words, his lips turned to stone.

  • Amber Gordon
    2018-12-29 08:28

    “The Hunter” is a Chinese cultural folktale, which would be appropriate for upper elementary students. This story follows a young hunter, Hai Li Bu, who is determined to find food for his village. The village people are suffering because the drought has killed their crops. Hai Li Bu comes across a snake, but suddenly a crane snatches the snake and begins to fly off. The snake suddenly startled the hunter because it cried out, “Help me!” Hai Li Bu shot an arrow at the crane, which then dropped the snake. The next day, the snake tells Hai Li Bu that her father, the Dragon King of the Sea, wants to thank him for saving his daughter’s life. When the Dragon King asks Hai Li Bu what he wants for saving his daughter’s life, he states that he wants to better provide for his village. Although Hai Li Bu is tempted with jewels, he does not change his request because he wants to understand the language of the animals so that he can become a better hunter. The Dragon spit out a stone and warned Hai Li Bu that he is not to share the secret with anyone. Hai Li Bu could eventually provide all that his village needed. One morning, Hai Li Bu learns from the animals that a flood is going to sweep into the village; however, the villagers do not believe him. To save the village, Hai Li Bu told his secret and turned to stone. When the villagers returned after the storm, they found Hai Li Bu’s stone statue and carried him up to stand on the mountain top.Activities1. In groups, students will each design a board game that accurately follows the plot of the story. The board games could be made inside a pizza box. For instance, one square on the board could say, “Move back three spaces because of the drought.”2. To develop an understanding of multiculturalism, this activity would allow students to learn more about Chinese culture. I would find a Chinese song and allow the students to listen to it. Each student will then write a short response to the music based on how the music made them feel.

  • Mylinh
    2018-12-20 09:11

    This is a great Chinese folktale beautifully illustrated by Ed Young. A great title for a fairy tale/folk tale section and to introduce children to the ink painting technique used in traditional Chinese art.Aesop Accolade, Children's Literature Choice List, NY Public Library, 100 titles for reading and sharing, Parents' Choice Award, Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award, Washington Irving Children's Choice Book Award, ALA Notable BookFrom Booklist:In a Chinese village, a drought scorches the countryside and starves the people. Hai Li Bu, a hunter, tries to find food. One day, he saves a small snake from a crane, and in return the snake brings him to the bottom of the sea, where the snake's father, the Dragon King of the Sea, lives. The Dragon King offers rubies and emeralds as a reward, but Hai Li Bu wants only to understand the language of animals so that he can be a better hunter and feed his village. The Dragon King grants the request on the condition that there will never be a whisper of what has transpired. This agreement works until Hai Li Bu overhears the birds and animals chattering about a huge flood that will destroy the village. The hunter tries to warn the people, but they don't believe. Hai Li Bu finally realizes that to save the villagers he must tell them how he knows about the flood. Heroically, he recounts the whole story--as he slowly turns to stone. Casanova, who lists several sources for the story, tells the tale in a dignified yet moving way that is complemented by the stark artwork. Arid-looking, dun-colored paper is the background for Young's masterful brush strokes, which evoke the spirit of each spread. Fingers of color represent the quixotic climate that can burn or soak. With never a wasted line, Young brings to life the hunter, who in the final spread becomes one with the rocky landscape. And in the corner of each page is a bright red box with Chinese calligraphy that proclaims the essence of the tale: "suffer drought," "downpour," "trust." Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

  • Kaley Robinson
    2019-01-01 10:06

    This book tells the tale about how a hunter had a spell cast on him that helped him understand animals. When he was able to understand the animals, he was able to hunt all of the animals because he understood them. This came at a time that the town did not have a lot of food, so the man became a life saver. Once the man told his towns members the secret, he turned into stone because he broke the rules of the curse. I thought this was an interesting, but insightful tale. I thought it was such a great idea that people could talk to animals and be able to hunt more food. 1. Curricular connection: This could be used on a lesson about animals and the relationship in hunter/gather societies. The hunter was able to understand and care for the animals while also being respectful enough to him keep hunting them. I think this would give the students insight on how people used to find all their food from animals and the relationship we have to the things of the earth.2. Independent reading: This book would be for younger readers in the 2nd or 3rd grade. This story does not have a complex plot and is easy to follow along. Students would be able to retell the story and figure out their own thoughts and recreate the story.3. Literary elements: This book would be good for understanding theme. People could get different themes from the book along with having a relationship with the book. There was a lot of themes you could get from the book, especially alongside the topic of animals.

  • Theresa C
    2019-01-07 06:16

    Casanova, Mary. The Hunter Atheneum Books, 2000This touching folktale will have students discussing the ramifications of Hai Li Bu’s decision to sacrifice himself to save his people. It is a lyrical tale told very movingly and children will be thoughtful at the end as they think about the special gift that Hai Li Bu received in order to help his people but his ultimate gift to them was his life. Hai Li Bu is a good hunter but not even he can find enough food for his village. While out hunting one day, he rescues the daughter of the Dragon King of the Sea who bestows upon him the gift of being able to understand the animals. He learns from the animals that a flood is coming that will destroy everything in the village. He tries to tell the people but they do not trust that he knows what he is saying. Now Hai Li Bu is faced with a terrible decision. Should he let the village people die in the flood or tell them the secret of the gift he received from the Dragon King knowing that it will turn him to stone? What a great title to have a discussion about an individual’s character and what makes a person act the way they do in a situation.

  • Brianna
    2018-12-18 04:16

    A Chinese Folktale retold by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Ed Young, unfolding the tale of a village hunter that discovers the secret to the communicating with animals. A story of devotion and loyalty, the story captures a beautifulCurricular or Programming Connections:A poignant story for children K-12 to connect with folklore and cultural curriculum.Plot Summary:In a small village in the mountains of China, a hunter goes into the forest to hunt and fish and provide for his village, when he is startled by a talking snake that gets swept away by a stork. The hunter saves the snake and in return, he is given the gift of communication with animals and nature. He soon discovers that his village will be destroyed, and he must tell everyone. But they will only believe him if he tells the truth, turning him into stone for the rest of eternity...Illustrations:Beautifully illustrated pages by Ed Young (native to Tianjin, China)--winner of the Caldecott Medal for Lon Po Po.Theme(s):Devotion, loyalty, Chinese folklore.

  • Christine
    2019-01-15 02:16

    "The Hunter" by Mary Casanova is a Chinese folktale. Hai Li Bu has to go out hunting for his village because there wasn't enough to go around. While hunting, snake is captured by a crane. Hai Li Bu helps the snake by shooting an arrow to startle the crane so it drops the snake. The snake takes Hai Li Bu to his father who asks what he wants as a reward. Hai Li Bu is given a stone that allows him to understand animals so he can hunt them better. However no can find out about the stone otherwise Hai Li Bu will turn into stone too. He hears the animals talking about a huge floor that will destory the village. Hai Li Bu warns the villager but they need to know where he got the information. Hai Li Bu decides to tell them about the stone and turns himself to stone to save the villagers. The villagers realize how important it is to listen.

  • April Gates
    2019-01-06 06:04

    This book is about a young boy that is a hunter for his village and because a drought has kept them from being able to farm, the people are now starving. He runs upon a snake that is about to be killed and saves him. The snakes father rewards the young boy with a wish and he wished that the can understand animals so that he can help his village. He has to promise that he will never reveal his wish or else he will turn to stone. The animals tell him that the village is about to be damaged and the young boy tries to tell his people but they don’t believe him. He then has to admit how he knows this information and he is turned to stone. I would highly recommend this book because it shows what can happen when people pull together. Grades: 2nd-5thAwards: 2001 Minnesota Book Award for Children Genre: Folktales

  • Andrew Foster
    2019-01-17 06:04

    Grade Level: Kindergarten to 2ndA very good Chinese folktale with a great moral. The illustrations are very monotone and may not appeal to children as other books might, but the story is great and something that children could relate to. The main character must make a life and death choice to save his village. He can save himself or he can sacrifice himself and save all of his people. He chooses the latter and that instills in his people the ability to listen to all members of their community.For teachers, this could be a good use of teaching students that they do have a voice and that they can speak up. It shows the power of listening as well and can teach students the importance of listening to others. I struggle to think of a good lesson plan with book, but I do enjoy the theme and the moral and would like to incorporate this into a classroom lesson.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-09 05:20

    A hunter and the people of his village endure a drought. The hunter saves a snake and as repayment receives knowledge that aides him in successful hunts, but struggles to help his village understand the need to flee when a flood appears on the horizon.As per his acquisition of animal behavior knowledge he is cursed to turn to stone if her reveals the secrets of his new-found gifts. He believes so strongly in saving the village that he sacrifices himself and the people learned a valuable lesson in listening.Illustrations are rendered in pastel and gouache.

  • Erin Sterling
    2018-12-19 07:21

    A Chinese folktale about a hunter who provides food for his village, until a drought comes over the land. When he helps a snake, he is granted one wish: to be able to understand the animals of the forest to better hunt for his people. The only caveat: he can’t tell anyone about his power. This works well until the villagers won’t believe him about a coming flood. Will he save his people or save himself? A beautifully illustrated book with simple lines and muted colors.

  • Charity
    2018-12-23 04:05

    This is an inspiring story of love, loyalty, and sacrifice. The illustrations were a little confusing to me until I got used to the style, and then they became intriguing and really added to the story. On the page where Hai Li Bu makes his difficult decision, there is an illustration that I find particularly poignant in which the hunter's eyes are brimming over with tears. My kids and I enjoyed this book very much.

  • Shuojin
    2019-01-14 05:02

    This is an impressive story. This story talks about Hai Li Bu is a hunter, and one day he saved Dragon King's daughter and then he asks Dragon King to know the language of animals, and he cannot tell people this secret. One day, Hai Li Bu in order to save others' life, and then tell them this secret. Finally he became a stone. From this story, people can see his spirit which is save others but he became a stone, it tell us that we can learn this spirit from him.

  • Fisal Ansari
    2019-01-05 08:19

    Age: Grades 8--YAGenre: Folk tale Diversity Chinese folk lore.Illustrations: Amazing Chinese drawings, one dimensional. Personal response: Speaking with animals and inanimate objects are ancient folk lore. Curricular or programming connections: Exploring different cultures that had tales about communication with animals.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-02 10:02

    sad but very good. Interesting calligraphic illustrations.

  • Beverly
    2018-12-28 03:18

    Interesting story of self-sacrifice. Not that impressed with Young's mostly brown colored illustrations.

  • Mary
    2019-01-02 03:20