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The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku | SLJ Review

redstarRHEE, Helena Ku. The Turtle Ship. illus. by Colleen Kong-Savage. 32p. Lee & Low/Shen’s Bks. Jun. 2018. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781885008909.

PreS-Gr 2 –Rhee tells the legend of Solar-sin and his finest good friend, a turtle named Gobugi, and the way they got here to invent the Turtle Ship. After listening to that the Emperor is holding a contest for the most effective battleship design, Solar-sin presents Gobugi as inspiration for a fantastic vessel, having witnessed the turtle’s good bodily design. At first the Emperor rejects the concept, however after seeing Gobugi survive an encounter with a cat, he declares Solar-sin the winner, making historical past. The plot is loosely based mostly on a real story, however reads like a pleasant folktale that skillfully incorporates ethical classes about energy and appearances. The vocabulary is straightforward sufficient for the viewers, and the textual content is nicely formatted on the web page. There may be one battle scene, although nothing too heavy or graphic is depicted. Kong-Savage’s collage illustrations deliver the story to life by means of nearly Three-D imagery and are lovely to take a look at. Using muted colours to depict the house of Solar-sin contrasts properly with the brighter colours of the Emperor’s palace, creating a superb supply of pressure. The illustrators and the narrative work collectively splendidly to inform this fascinating episode in Korean naval historical past. VERDICT An excellent mixture of delusion and historical past for many image e book collections.–Margaret Kennelly, iSchool at ­Urbana-Champaign, IL

This overview was revealed within the College Library Journal June 2018 subject.

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