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I Love Korea
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 15,000
USD 11.66
Author: Andrew C. Nahm, B.J. Jones and Gi-eun Lee
Publisher: Hollym
Pub. Date: Jan. 2002
Pages: 86
Cover: Hardcover
Dimensions (in inches): 11.25 x 8.75 x 0.6
ISBN: 9780930878870
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This brightly illustrated children's book gathers some of the best Korea has offered in terms of fairy tales, folk songs, myths, history and scientific achievements. A Hangeul translation follows most of the English text, so readers can use either or both languages to learn about Korean culture. The lyrics and music to the famous folk song "Arirang" and an ancient Chinese reference to the good manners and strong but tempered will of Korea's ancestors start the parade of pages that take the reader from the mythological founding of Korea by Tangun in 2333 B.C. up to the 2002 World Cup. The nine illustrators alter styles to match the particular mood of the 38 subjects assembled. Lee Cheong-hwa frames "Arirang" with traditional scenes painted to resemble a rice paper mosaic but later captures the sweet refrain of "Spring in My Native Village" with a child-like crayon drawing of a small home in the mountains surrounded by big flowers and white puffy clouds. Realistic drawings like those found in grade school texts or nature guides accompany references to Korea's history and fauna. Han Yu-min brings up the rear with a vivid sun rising on the Land of the Morning Calm and a poem laid out by Asia's first Nobel laureate in literature Rabindranath Tagore: "In the golden age of Asia / Korea was one of its lamp bearers / And the lamp is waiting / To be lighted once again / For the illumination of the East."

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