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The Sun and the Moon 해님과 달님/The Tiger and the Traveler 호랑이와 나그네
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 13,000
USD 10.15
Publisher: MediaChangbi
Pub. Date: July 2015
Pages: 60
Cover: Hardcover
Dimensions (in inches): 7.5 x 10.3 x 0.4
ISBN: 979-11-955486-8-2
Language: English/Korean
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Reading traditional Korean folk tales for fun and reading them again in English

Let’s read traditional Korean folk tales in Korean and English!

 

The traditional folk tale is a genre widely read and beloved regardless of the era.

 

Transmitted from mouth to mouth over a long period, traditional Korean folk tales reflect the everyday lives, customs, joys and sorrows, and humor and courage of Koreans in the olden days. They are invaluable stories that can be enjoyed by people in distant lands and those who have come from afar and live in South Korea as well. - Kim Myung-Hwan (professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Seoul National University) -

 

As in the recommendation by Professor Kim Myung-Hwan at Seoul National University, reading old tales holds a special value. Publishing traditional Korean folk tales, which are thus meaningful, in both Korean and English, this series will reward children with both the joy of reading old stories and an opportunity to study English. Furthermore, the series has been planned so that it can be enjoyed by Korean children overseas, children from multicultural families in South Korea, and children around the globe as well. We hope that it will be used also as a good guide for naturally introducing Korean culture to foreign friends abroad as they are told traditional folk tales from Korea.

 

An Introduction to the Series

Out of the countless tales that are widely known to many Korean readers, 23 especially colorful and entertaining ones have been selected and edited into 12 volumes. Familiar to Korean children, stories such as “Yeonorang and Seonyeo,” “The Headstone Goes to Court,” “The King has Donkey’s Ears,” and “Kongji and Patji” will not only be fun to read in the original Korean but also heighten youngsters’ understanding as they read the English translations. In addition, children who know similar traditional folk tales from other countries can make comparisons, thus being provided with a fascinating approach to these works.

 

Table of Contents

01 “The Sun and the Moon”

Once upon a time, there lived a woman and her young son and daughter in a remote house in the countryside. When their mother went out to work, the two youngsters would stay at home and await her. One day, however, the woman did not return even after sunset. Moreover, someone suddenly shook the well-fastened door, saying, “Children, it’s me, open the door now,” but the voice did not sound like hers. Realizing that a tiger was pretending to be their mother, the elder brother sneaked out with his younger sister. After climbing up the tall poplar by the water well, the two children bated their breaths, only to be discovered by the tiger in no time. As the beast approached the tree, the youngsters fervently prayed for a rope from heaven that would pull them up to safety.

 

02 “The Tiger and the Traveler”

Deep in the mountains, there lived a man-eating tiger. The villagers together dug out a deep trap, and the beast, strolling by unawares, fell into the pit. At that moment, a traveler passing by found the tiger in the hole. Deceived by the animal’s words that it did not harm humans, the wayfarer then rescued the tiger. Once back on the ground, however, the beast tried to eat up its benefactor, with a ferocious look on its face…

 
 

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