Monday, December 1, 2014

Maya and the Turtle

Many of us are aware of the story of Cinderella, but have you heard of Maya and the Turtle?    Maya and the Turtle by John C. Stickler and illustrated by Soma Han is a beautiful Korean fairy tale that will resonate with young and old readers alike.

Poverty is all Maya has ever known, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. One day, she finds a little turtle and takes him home, raising and loving him, never knowing that he will play an instrumental part in her destiny.
Similar to The Korean CinderellaMaya and the Turtle, is an original Korean fairy tale by authors John Stickler and Soma Han that teaches children that the road to greatness lies in selflessness and that the loving kindness of a pure heart can awaken great love and power in another. Beautifully illustrated by Han, this book contains fascinating bits of information about Korean culture and is a poignant tale about the rewards of kindness, patience and courage.

It explores the idea of filial piety and the gorgeous illustrations with the text teach us a great deal about Korean life.  It is a beautiful tale that we have read many times in our home.  It inspires children to care for others and respect their environment and living beings.  Maya is rewarded for her goodness.  This tale has been passed on for generations and we are all lucky to share in the magic and beauty of  Maya and the Turtle.  

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