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Ed Young
Beyond the Great Mountains by Ed Young
Beyond the Great Mountains A Visual Poem about China
Ed Young's spare prose, as lovely as a rice-paper painting, describes in measured detail the beautiful and mystical land that the author so clearly loves. The unique format and gorgeous paper-collage illustrations, highlighted with Chinese characters, combine to convey the many facets of China to form a poetic picture of the land’s grace, depth, and majesty. (August 2005) Ages: 5 Up
[Conversation with Ed Young]

The Sons of the Dragon King
The Dragon King has sent his nine sons out to find their places in the world, but rumors abound -- each son is apparently as aimless as the next! One son does nothing but stare into space, another spends his day frolicking in a stream, another plays with fire, and still another hollers and yells from noon till night. The king realizes it's time to visit each son to see if the rumors are true. What he finds surprises him, for each son has a very special gift that continues to serve and enrich China's culture to this very day.
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Seven Blind Mice
The retelling of an old tale, seven mice go to the pond and each come back with a different answer...

"Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.''
Young's first collage book.
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Voices of the Heart
Voices of the Heart
"Explores twenty-six Chinese characters that describe feelings or emotions, interpreting the visual elements within each character while guiding readers through an underlying theme emphasizing the importance of truthfully expressing thoughts and feelings."
Ages: 8 Up
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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
"the ancient Chinese version of the favorite fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood." Young's vibrant, yet delicate, pastels and watercolors add drama to the deftly translated story. "An extraordinary and powerful book."--Publishers Weekly.
1990 Randolph Caldecott Medal

Literature-based unit: Compare Little Red Riding Hood, with the Chinese version, Lon Po Po.
Play games with spelling and vocabulary words from the story by Ed Young
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Mouse Match: A Chinese Folktale
When a father mouse goes to the sun, cloud, wind, and wall in search of the strongest husband for his daughter, he is surprised to find that a mouse is the best match.
Ed YoungCaldecott Medalist Ed Young has illustrated over eighty books for children, fifteen of which he has also written. The inspiration for his work can be found in the philosophy of Chinese painting, which teaches the art of enriching the beauty of language through vibrant yet simple images.

“A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words,” explained Young. “They are complementary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe.”

Content, and the telling of the tale itself, provide Young with the initial inspiration for his art and with the motivation for pace, design, and sequence. Essential to his work is accuracy in research – whether he is illustrating fantasy, folk tale, or fact. According to Young, a strong foundation of credibility must be established in order to create new and exciting images. Through such images, he hopes to capture his readers and ultimately stimulate some sort of awareness in them.

For Young, challenge and growth are central in his role as illustrator, and it is this quest for growth that caused him to move away from commercial art in the 1960’s. Young wanted something more expansive, something more expressive, something more timeless and without boundaries. He found what he was looking for in children’s books.

“I feel the story has to be exciting, and a moving experience for a child,” Young explains. “Before I am involved with a project I must be moved, and as I grow, I try to create something exciting. It is my purpose to stimulate growth in the reader as an active participant.”

Ed Young was born in Tientsin, China, grew up in Shanghai, and later moved to Hong Kong. He came to the United States as a young man on a student visa to study architecture but turned instead to his love of art. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Young has since taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1990, his book Lon Po Po was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He has also received two Caldecott Honors – for The Emperor and the Kite and Seven Blind Mice – and was twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Young lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife, two daughters, and two cats.

The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China - In Ed Young's childhood home in Shanghai, all was not as it seemed: a rocking chair became a horse; a roof became a roller rink; an empty swimming pool became a place for riding scooters and bikes. The house his father built transformed as needed into a place to play hide-and-seek, to eat bamboo shoots, and to be safe.

For outside the home's walls, China was at war. Soon the house held not only Ed and his four siblings but also friends, relatives, and even strangers who became family. The war grew closer, and Ed watched as planes flew overhead and frends joined the Chinese air force. But through it all, Ed's childhood remained full of joy and imagination.

This powerful, poignant, and exquisitely illustrated memoir is the story of one of our most beloved children's illustrators and the house his baba built.

I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket
Doko is only a simple basket. It is not only grain from the field that he carries--he has also carried his master's child, and wood for the fire. He was there when the child became a man and married. And he very nearly had to carry the grandfather away forever. Luckily, someone wise beyond their years spoke up and made it possible for Doko to carry the grandfather home again instead.

As ever, Ed Young has taken a simple fable and made it into a masterpiece of stunning illustration and expert storytelling. This beautiful and unique book celebrates the generations with great originality.

What About Me?
Ed Young once again turns a fable into a saucy collage treat in this tale about a boy who is just looking for a little bit of knowledge! Told he can have knowledge if he gets the Grand Master a carpet, he begins a journey on which everyone-from Spinner to Goatkeeper-tells him their problems. What about me? they demand. In the search for the answers, the boy discovers he has all the knowledge he needs.

A wonderful, circular tale that makes a terrific read-aloud, What About Me? is also a story with a wise moral. Ed Young's deceptively simple cut-paper images seem to jump off the page.