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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Shen of the Sea: A Book for Children By Arthur Bowie [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
is a collection of stories written by Arthur Bowie Chrisman and first published in 1925. The book is a retelling of Chinese folktales and legends, and is aimed at young readers.
The stories in “Shen of the Sea” are set in ancient China, and feature a range of characters and creatures from Chinese mythology and folklore. Among the tales are stories of dragons, ghosts, and other supernatural beings, as well as tales of ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges.
One of the most famous stories in the book is “The Story of the Monkey People,” which tells the story of a group of monkeys who build a city in the forest and establish their own society. The story explores themes of social organization and governance, and has been interpreted as a commentary on the political and social climate of China at the time of its writing.
Other stories in the collection include “The Great Serpent,” which tells the story of a young boy who befriends a giant serpent and helps to save his village from destruction; “The Haunted House,” in which a young girl discovers a ghost haunting her family’s home; and “The Magic Paintbrush,” which tells the story of a poor boy who is given a paintbrush that can bring his drawings to life.
Throughout the book, Chrisman weaves together elements of Chinese culture and mythology with universal themes of friendship, bravery, and perseverance. The stories are told in a lively and engaging style, with vivid descriptions and colorful characters that are sure to capture the imagination of young readers.
“Shen of the Sea” has been praised for its accurate portrayal of Chinese culture and folklore, as well as its engaging storytelling and rich imagery. The book has been translated into multiple languages and remains a beloved classic of children’s literature. It has also been cited as an important early example of multicultural children’s literature, and as a groundbreaking work in the genre of fantasy and speculative fiction for young readers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]