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Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now

By John Stickler
Illustrated by Soma Han
$16.95, Hardcover, 32 pages
English Text
Ages 7-12
ISBN-10: 1885008228
ISBN-13: 9781885008220

What was life like in Ancient Korea? What did people eat? What did they believe in? How is it different now?

Take a journey to both ancient and modern Korea, where you will find a rich world of history and traditions that will capture your imagination and whet your appetite for learning more about this fascinating culture.

Read about the legend behind the founding of Korea, the meaning of the flag, and the creation of the Korean alphabet. Learn how to make kimchi, how to celebrate Korean holidays, and how people ironed their clothes before electricity. Every page explains an aspect of Korean culture and its changes through the years.

As North and South Korea quickly become important players in global politics, Land of Morning Calm gives us a better understanding of the people behind the news and the traditions we don’t get to see on television. It opens a window into another way of life, reminding us once again that we are all as similar as we are different.

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News and Thoughts
John Stickler and Soma Han, the team that brought you Land of Morning Calm, will be appearing at two venues in Los Angeles' Koreatown on August 18, 2012. They will be kicking off the publication of their new book, Maya and the Turtle. More information from John:

Maya and the Turtle, a timeless fairy tale from Korea, will make its English debut in Los Angeles on August 18, 2012. Illustrator and co-author Soma Han and co-author John Stickler will sign and "chop" copies of the new children's book from Tuttle Publishing at two venues in Koreatown. From 1-3 p.m. they will appear at The Korean Book Center, downstairs in the Koreatown Plaza at 928 So. Western Avenue (213-738-9140). At 4 p.m. they will introduce the story with a reading at the Pio Pico Koreatown Library, 694 South Oxford Avenue (213-368-7642).

            Fine artist Soma Han previously illustrated Tigers, Frogs and Rice Cakes, a collection of Korean proverbs for children, and Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now, both from Shen's Books. John Stickler, formerly with CBS News in Seoul, collaborated with her on this inspiring legend of filial piety. The book is dedicated to Soma's mother who heard the tale at her mother's knee and passed it on to Soma when she was a little girl.




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John Stickler and Soma Han signing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 25, 2009

Booklist

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Land of Morning Calm by John Stickler and illustrated by Soma Han received a wonderful review in Booklist:

"After a brief introduction to Korea's geography and history, this handsome book spotlights one aspect of the country's culture after another. Presented on single pages and double-page spreads and illustrated with many colorful paintings and a few small photos, the 19 topics include the Korean alphabet, flag, religions, food, celebrations, martial arts, ceramics, and music. Each section of the book adds to an overview that seems almost haphazard at first but gradually becomes clearer and more satisfying to the reader. Longer volumes may offer more complete information on the country, but this book's approachable design, vivid illustrations, and interesting text make it an excellent introduction."

School Library Journal

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Land of Morning Calm by John Stickler and illustrated by Soma Han received a nice review in School Library Journal:

"Grade 5-8-Traditional and modern culture is explored in this attractively illustrated picture book for older readers. Beginning with a brief introduction to the history and politics of the country, Stickler then devotes one or two pages to various traditions and beliefs. The subjects are wide ranging, from food and fashion to taekwondo. The layout is balanced and visually pleasing. Chapter headings are written in Hangul, the Korean alphabet, and in English, both in a large elegant script. Each topic is accompanied by colorful, finely rendered watercolor illustrations or a small photograph or two. The writing style is quite sophisticated, with many instances where vocabulary or nuances of meaning may be lost on all but the most proficient readers. Despite this drawback, the book makes an excellent supplement to more general works."

2005 Skipping Stones Honor Award

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skippingstones.jpgCongratulations to Land of Morning Calm!

Land of Morning Calm,
written by John Stickler and illustrated by Soma Han, was honored by the renowned multicultural children's magazine Skipping Stones. Each year Skipping Stones recognizes books that "promote cooperation, nonviolence, respect for differing viewpoints, and close relationships in human societies." by presenting The Skipping Stones Honor Awards.  The awards "promote respect for ... cultural diversity in the world" and highlight an "exceptional contribution to multicultural ...children's literature."

Land of Morning Calm on Lookybook

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They're churning these out over at Lookybook. Here is Land of Morning Calm by John Stickler and Soma Han.

"...this book's approachable design, vivid illustrations, and interesting text make it an excellent introduction."

-Booklist

John Stickler is a graduate of Yale University, and spent thirteen years in Korea from 1963 to 1976. During that time, John lived in Seoul reporting news for the CBS radio network. John currently lives in California, after a checkered career in journalism, advertising, public relations and publishing. He has written several books on travel and international trade.

Soma Han was born in the agricultural southeastern part of the Korean peninsula. She has a BA in literature and a BFA degree from the California College of Arts & Crafts. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Arizona, California, New York, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong and Korea. Soma is also the illustrator of Tigers, Frogs and Rice Cakes: A Book of Korean Proverbs.

Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.

Through books, we can share a world a stories, building greater understanding and tolerance within our increasingly diverse communities as well as throughout our continuously shrinking globe.






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Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now

By John Stickler
Illustrated by Soma Han
$16.95, Hardcover, 32 pages
English Text
Ages 7-12
ISBN-10: 1885008228
ISBN-13: 9781885008220

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