26.6.12

The Retelling Of A Story: The Wizard Of Oz In China

I have been working on our homeschooling curriculum for next year.  After completing a year of homeschooling successfully (by which I mean we are all still alive!) I am empowered to delve deeper into certain subjects.  I enjoy the concept of the recreation of a myth or story influenced by various cultures.  I came across this artists rendition of the Wizard Of Oz with an Asian perspective.







I think it is important for children to realize that there is no 'right way' for a story to be told and that one culture is as significant as another.  Far from Kansas, Billy Nunez, a Boston based artist created the illustrations for this book titled The Wizard Of Oz In China.

What are some of your favorite retellings of familiar stories? 

19 comments:

MamaWestWind said...

I love the illustrations in this book! Just beautiful. I'm not sure I have any retellings that I know of. But I do love the idea of looking at many different stories from different cultures.

Becca

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Such an interesting take! I love seeing it from this perspective. The illustrations are incredible :)

Andrea @ little buckles said...

That looks so interesting and the illustrations. I'll look into to reading more to Sam. He does bring home interesting books from school. French books seem to take on different twists x

Nat said...

Beautiful illustrations!
I love the way you are teaching across cultures :-)

Angela said...

How cool! I taught Cinderella, in many of its forms, for several years before getting my current position. It is a great story because there are so many different cultures - from China to Ireland to Egypt - with a story about a protagonist who has a magical protector give him/her a special pair of shoes (there are some Cinderella stories in which the hero is a male).

Getrealmommy said...

Wow, those are beautiful. I really admire you for the education you are providing to your kids!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

This is so lovely–and really makes you think about what elements of the original are important!

Petra said...

these illustrations are beautiful. i think more of the classic kids stories should be retold in a more multi-cultural way. just mix things up, that's what's happening all around us anyways, and what better way to teach children that all cultures are of the same value!

Claire Kiefer said...

Wow, that's interesting! I've never heard of anything like that before, but I agree that it's important to create a multi-cultural curriculum.

nunu said...

i like lauren child's "the princess and the pea" - not sure if that counts though. it's more about the illustrations than putting the story in a different culture. love the wizard of oz in china!

Amber said...

thats a brilliant idea. I am sure you're kids would enjoy learning about this. I sure did :)

a new girl in vienna said...

these illustrations are so cool!

Mama Gone Green said...

this looks amazing! I just finished reading Finn the american version and he asked for more!

jacqueline said...

Oh sweet ren, the wizard of oz is one of my favorite and such fun to see thie tale in another's culture illustration! Just beautiful!! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

Krystal said...

that is a great find! and very interesting. i guess i'm not explosed to too many retellings...but this was cool.

Alisa said...

Great idea!

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice art and it's a great concept. I know, many of our own tales are a retelling, but I can't think of any at this moment!

LatteLisa LisaHjalt said...

That is an interesting find. And bravo to you for the homeschooling. I think it's essential for children to be exposed to various cultures; it definitely broadens their horizon.

PS. I hope the block printing links came in handy.

imebears said...

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood
by
Mike Artell
Is a wonderful retelling of Red Riding Hood set down in the swamps. The illustrations are wonderful as well.

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