Two Enchanted Tales from Old China

 

In the black velvety mantle of the night sky, two young people fall in love, only to be parted; while in a far-away time, a lonely and mistreated girl finds herself at a ball in a dress of sea green silk and a kingfisher cloak: two beautiful, magical tales from old China, The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd, and The Magic Fishbones, are here enchantingly retold for young readers by award-winning author Gabrielle Wang and evocatively illustrated by David Allan.

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Born in Melbourne, and still living there, Gabrielle Wang is an acclaimed, award-winning author and illustrator of Chinese Australian heritage, with her mother’s great-grandfather coming to Victoria from China during the Gold Rush, and her father coming from Shanghai, Her novels and picture books for children and young adults reflect this rich cultural background, combining Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.

David Allan is an illustrator and artist whose first picture book, Two Trickster Tales From Russia, was published by Christmas Press in 2013. His work is in private and public collections and he has exhibited artworks in several solo and group shows. He lives in the New England region of NSW.

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