New Release Books by Kim So-Un

Kim So-Un is the author of The Deer and the Woodcutter (2005), Korean Children's Favorite Stories (2020), Three Korean Fairy Tales (2019), Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains (2013) and other 4 books.

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The Deer and the Woodcutter

release date: Feb 01, 2005
The Deer and the Woodcutter
After tricking a fairy into becoming his bride, a woodcutter pays dearly for his treachery in this Korean folktale that explains why the rooster looks to the sky and crows loudly at dawn.

Korean Children's Favorite Stories

release date: Mar 03, 2020
Korean Children's Favorite Stories
Best-loved folktales passed down through the generations

Three Korean Fairy Tales

release date: Oct 01, 2019
Three Korean Fairy Tales
This multicultural children's book presents a selection of traditional Korean folk tales that are instantly recognizable to Koreans of all ages. These treasured tales are retold by Kim So-un, an eminent storyteller who is a household name in Korea. The illustrations combine modern and traditional Korean art elements and techniques in telling these classic stories. In the Tuttle tradition of bringing beloved stories from other countries to new generations of readers, this book presents the following tales: "The Magic Gem" answers the question why do dogs and cats fight? When the house feline recovers the story's prized title jewel, the family dog bears a grudge that is passed down through the ages. "The Deer and the Woodcutter" follows a merciful man who saves a deer's life and is rewarded with love and luck. When he's turned into a rooster, he expresses his joy each dawn through his loud crowing. "The Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains" concludes the anthology with a cautionary tale about overcoming challenges. A hunter's son sets out for revenge but instead learns that things are not always as they appear, and that persistence and sacrifice hold richer rewards. With Three Korean Fairy Tales, kids and parents alike will learn about Korean culture by experiencing the country's rich storytelling tradition.

Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains

release date: Mar 12, 2013
Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains
The Tigers of Kumgang Mountain is based on a well-known Korean folktale. Long ago, an enormous white tiger lived in the Kumgang Mountains and tormented the nearby village for years, coming down to prey not only on horses and cattle, but on the people who lived there. The finest hunter in the land ventured into the Kumgang Mountains to shoot the white tiger and save the village. He never returned. His son spends years of his life training to become a great hunter and to avenge his father's death. In this exciting adventure, the young man has to endure sacrifice and complete impossible challenges, including escaping from the belly of the tiger, before learning a valuable lesson.

Magic Gem

release date: Sep 25, 2012
Magic Gem
Beautifully illustrated with watercolor paintings, The Magic Gem is a much-loved Korean folk tale that tells the story of why cats and dogs don't get along. A poor fisherman wins a fabulous magic gem that grants his every wish before it's lost to a conniving neighbor. His cat and dog manage to recover the gem, but on the way home the dog loses it in the river. The clever cat gets it back and becomes the favored house pet, while the jealous dog gets nothing, which is why dogs and cats don't get along. This multicultural children's story is written by the same author and illustrator as the bestselling Korean Children's Favorite Stories—Kim So-un and jeong Kyoung-Sim. It will be sure to delight both children and their parents and is of particular interest to families of Korean or mixed heritage.

The Story Bag

release date: Aug 21, 2012
The Story Bag
This collection of Korean folk tales is sure to delight the hearts of all children between the ages of eight and eighty. Written with earthy wit and pathos, these Korea children's tales unveil the inevitable foibles of people everywhere and expose the human-like qualities of animals and the animal-like qualities of humans. Pulsating with the rhythm of life and the seasons, these stories transport the reader to a wonderland, where a tiny mouse teaches filial piety to a spoiled child, a blind man can "see" evil spirits, and fleas drink rice wine. It is somehow deeply reassuring to know that even in present-day war-ravaged and politically-divided Korea, these same stories are still being told, just as they have been for generations.

The Magic Gem

release date: Jun 15, 2006
The Magic Gem
The Dragon King gives a poor old fisherman a magic gem that grants wishes after the fisherman saves his son, but when the mean old woman from across the river steals the gem, the fisherman's cat and dog must get it back.

The Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains

release date: Jan 01, 2005
The Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains
A young man sets out on a journey to kill the famed tigers of the Kumgang Mountains that killed his father, a superb marksman, and is surprised by what he finds.
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