Tell me a tale from China

Tell me a tale from China

Blog post by Literature Live
Monday, February 3, 2014

China is one of the most populous and ancient civilizations in the world. Chinese culture is rich with history, myths, folktales and folksongs which, in addition to entertaining children, were used as teaching tools for learning about human nature. Have you heard the tale about the boy who wanted to be Emperor, but lost all hope when the seed he was supposed to grow for the royal competition failed to sprout? Or what about the story of a poor boy who brought happiness to others through his magic paintbrush? 

From the Shandong region of China comes the traditional folksong of Tiger Woman, adapted by Laurence Yep in his picture book by the same name. The main character is a grumpy, greedy and selfish old woman, who, through a series of magical mis-adventures, learns a lesson in generosity and sharing, from a wizard disguised as an old beggar.

This spring, Literature Live! is bringing this story to life through a table top puppet show of Tiger Woman. The show opens on Jan. 29 and runs through April 23. The show is a very different style from previous productions, and is recommended for ages 5 and up. You can find showtimes at a location near you on our website. Watch our trailer below and check out some of the resources for teachers and parents who want to get more out of this production!

Teacher & Parent Guide for Tiger Woman

Source: Tiger Woman by Laurence Yep, and according to the book, based on an old folksong from China. Used with permission.

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