Songs of our Ancestors,
Vol. 2: THE SILK TAPESTRY
Folktales are the bones of society. Through them the lessons of love, courage and maturity are told from an elderly generation to its children. What was once a strong tradition in asian culture is fast disappearing.
Songs of Our Ancestors is an exploration of these folktales and their cultures. This second volume adapts three Chinese tales themed round the unique struggle of the artist. An old woman, a young boy and a wild spirit are all bound by the creative passion to change their world.
In Silk Tapestry, an impoverished elderly womans only hope against a life of hardship lies in the completion of a magical tapestry. It is said to be the key to paradise. In Sausage-Boy and his Magic Brush, a young boys remarkable talent for creating paintings that come to life attracts a greedy woman. And in the creation myth Pan-Gu, a wild but lonely spirit sculpts the Earth from a cosmic egg in hopes it will bring others like him to keep him company.
"Folktales represent a culture's historical record, and yet their impact often diminishes through repeated retelling. A new story format can breathe new life into an old tale, which is just what the author accomplishes. His works can and should be enjoyed by families of all cultures."
"Highly recommended." -Library Journal
"I'll be the first to admit that I absolutely adored Patrick Atangan's THE YELLOW JAR a year and a half ago. Telling Japanese folk tales in a beautifully appropriate art style, it was one of the sharpest looking books on the market at the end of 2002, and the idea of a second book of stories tackling Chinese stories just makes me want to jump up and down and squeal with delight. Come, squeal with me." -Greg McElhatton, 9th Art
"I shall just say this: Silk Tapestry is a masterpiece." -Still on the shelf.com
"A beautiful piece of work. The stories themselves are simple, but beautiful in their simplicity and the messages they tell us." -William Kulesa, The Jersey Journal
"A spectacularly written, drawn, and colored, feast for the eyes."
-Marc Mason, Moviepoopshoot.com
"Grade: 9. Patrick Atangan's Songs of Our Ancestors is a welcome addition to any myth-lovers collection, and for those looking for something more than the typical Greek, Norse, or Egyptian myths, this is a beautiful vignette to start with." -Lee Atchison, Sequential Tart
"All in all a quite charming collection of tales. Definitely an effort to be both applauded and encouraged." -The Alien Online
"With fine detail and beautiful earthtone colors, Atangan stunningly re-creates these triumphant tales for a new audience."
-School Library Journal
81/2x61/2, 48pp., full color hardcover: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-403-3