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The Five Forms

By: Barbara McClintock

In this picture book, a little girl conjures increasingly destructivereal—and dangerous—animals using Chinese martial-arts poses.

ISBN: 9781626722163

JLG Release: Feb 2018


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Awards & Honors

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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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 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

Book Details

ISBN

9781626722163

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

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