• Eight Fortunes of the Qilin

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    • Category : JUNIOR MODERN FICTION
    • ISBN Code: 9789675222313
    • Format : Paperback
    • By (Author): Tutu Dutta-Yean
    • Publisher: MPH Publishing
    • Published Date: 01 Oct 2009

     

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Eight Fortunes of the Qilin brings together eight legends and folk tales from countries around the Asia-Pacific Rim. Each story in the collection is rooted in the culture of its people. It is also a window to the past as some of these cultures may no longer exist or are undergoing rapid transformation.

As the fabled Qilin represents compassion, wisdom and respect for nature and life, these qualities are echoed in the stories. Nature, whether in the form of a mighty river, a little cricket or snail, plays a prominent role in these enthralling tales. It is also the thread that binds all these elements together. Humans, spirits and deities cross paths, and unseen worlds collide.

The countries brought to life in this collection include Borneo, Central America, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines and Vietnam. Accompanying the rich tales are black-and-white illustrations by the author to bring a fresh perspective to the stories.

These are timeless tales that will appeal to both young and old alike.

About Author
Tutu Dutta-Yean was born in India but grew up in Malaysia. She has travelled and lived in Japan and France as a student and later in Singapore, Nigeria and New York as the wife of a diplomat. She has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia and also devoted a few years researching this subject for a Masters degree at Universiti Malaya before embarking on a career in public relations. Her lifelong interest in culture, folklore and childrens literature inspired her to research, write and illustrate her first book, Timeless Tales of Malaysia. She is the author of Eight Jewels of the Phoenix. She is also the co-author (with Lucy Bedoya Maire) of Twelve Treasures of the East, a retelling of legends and folk tales from Asia. She lives in Kuala Lumpur, but is currently based in the historic Caribbean city of Havana, Cuba, with her husband Yean and daughter Shona.

 



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