**WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL 2013-2014 MORNING CALM MEDAL**
This multicultural children's book presents a heartwarming Korean fairy tale about a little girl and a fortunate encounter.
Poverty is all Maya has ever known, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. One day, she finds a little turtle and takes him home, raising and loving him, never knowing that he will play an instrumental part in her destiny.
Similar to The Korean Cinderella, Maya and the Turtle, is an original Korean fairy tale by authors John Stickler and Soma Han that teaches children that the road to greatness lies in selflessness and that the loving kindness of a pure heart can awaken great love and power in another. Beautifully illustrated by Han, this book contains fascinating bits of information about Korean culture and is a poignant tale about the rewards of kindness, patience and courage.
The husband-and-wife team of Stickler and Han retells a fairy tale from Han s childhood, in which a young woman s kindness and bravery are rewarded handsomely. The story has some dark moments Maya s mother dies early on, her father later falls ill, and a village sacrifices people to combat a monster caterpillar but ends happily for Maya, who, in true fairy tale tradition, ends up marrying a prince. Han s rough, stylized paintings pair traditional Korean costumes and settings with quirky details (the word love is spelled out in leaves near Maya in one scene), while footnotes offer information about Korean culture. Ages 4 8.