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Ling Cho and His Three Friends

By Whitney Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Twisting story of loyalty and humility.

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First-time author Pacilio has perfected both poetic craft and story line in this rhyming tale. The rhythm of his couplets never overshadows the humor of the tale or the richness of his language. The only squeak in Pacilio's narrative song is the slight confusion in the resolution of the tale. Although adults will smile at Ling Cho's backhanded wisdom, children may not get it.

Children will understand that Ling Cho's first two friends make up untrue and wild tales, and they may wonder why Ling Cho does not become angry. When Ling Cho then turns a scolding eye on the third friend who tells the truth, children may not grasp that Ling Cho offers a good deal to this honest man, and nothing to the others. However, the ending allows children and adults the opportunity to talk about the story and discuss human behavior. Children enjoy the humorous, expressive, and energetic illustrations of Scott Cook.

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