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The Five Forms



written and illustrated by
Barbara McClintock

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN
9781626722163

Awards and Honors
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
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In this picture book, a little girl conjures increasingly destructivereal—and dangerous—animals using Chinese martial-arts poses.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

2.3: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

In this energetic picture book, veteran author-illustrator McClintock tells the tale of a strange book found on a library book drop that turns an ordinary day magical. A young girl with brown skin finds a handmade book that explains how to do five forms of ancient Chinese martial arts. As she masters the poses, she brings giant animals to life and they cause a ruckus in her house. McClintock borrows five animal forms from Chinese martial arts traditions—the crane, leopard, snake, dragon, and the one that “returns everything to the way it was.” The endpapers have ink drawings of the animals and stylized Chinese characters, and an author’s note describes her connection to Chinese martial arts. Humorous ink, gouache, and watercolor paintings are expressive and bright, with the books and dolls in the gir’ls room flinging around gleefully. VERDICT Those looking for informational books on martial arts and the different forms and traditions will need to look elsewhere, but this joyful story will tickle young readers.—Lisa Nowlain, Nevada County Community Library, CA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In this energetic picture book, veteran author-illustrator McClintock tells the tale of a strange book found on a library book drop that turns an ordinary day magical. A young girl with brown skin finds a handmade book that explains how to do five forms of ancient Chinese martial arts. As she masters the poses, she brings giant animals to life and they cause a ruckus in her house. McClintock borrows five animal forms from Chinese martial arts traditions—the crane, leopard, snake, dragon, and the one that “returns everything to the way it was.” The endpapers have ink drawings of the animals and stylized Chinese characters, and an author’s note describes her connection to Chinese martial arts. Humorous ink, gouache, and watercolor paintings are expressive and bright, with the books and dolls in the gir’ls room flinging around gleefully. VERDICT Those looking for informational books on martial arts and the different forms and traditions will need to look elsewhere, but this joyful story will tickle young readers.—Lisa Nowlain, Nevada County Community Library, CA

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