Grandfather Tang's Story

Grandfather Tang s Story Illus in full color Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with sevenshapes cut from a square of paper Tompert recounts the tale of two foxfairies Parker s pen and watercolor art adds drama while

  • Title: Grandfather Tang's Story
  • Author: Ann Tompert Robert Andrew Parker
  • ISBN: 9780517885581
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Illus in full color Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with sevenshapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two foxfairies Parker s pen and watercolor art adds drama, while the tangram insetswill motivate children to try their own versions Ingenious Bulletin, Center for Children s Books.

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    1. Used as a literature connection for second grade math, as a way to introduce tangrams. Our curriculum included paper tangram pictures for the students to create using manipulatives (tangram shapes). This was always a favorite math unit, year after year. The story within the story, told by Grandfather Tang, is culturally diverse and also a big hit with the kiddos.

    2. This book contains a story within a story. Little Soo is sitting with her grandfather under a tree, and they each have a set of tangrams. The each make a fox out of their tangrams, and then the grandfather tells a story about the fox friends. In the story the foxes keep changing their forms into other animals, and they keep trying to outdo the other. The story becomes one of survival as the creatures try to eat each other, but in the end both of them return to their fox shapes and continue their [...]

    3. I can't believe I hadn't read this book before considering I love tangrams and other puzzles. (In fact, I'm sure this was a reread and I had just forgotten to include it on my blog and feed.)A grandfather and his granddaughter spend an afternoon playing tangrams and he uses the pieces to tell a story about a couple of playful fox-fairies who shapeshift into different creatures (with corresponding tangram set-up.) But it's not all fun and games when the foxes encounter an unexpected danger.

    4. This has lots of words, and I think the experience would gain a lot from going through the story with two sets of tangrams and making the shapes as the creatures transform. (The last page uses three sets, but for the rest two is enough.)The frame story is sweet and familial, and the story inside the story also includes the two characters showing a lot of care for each other.

    5. A really fun picture book to read along if you have a few sets of tangrams. The kids and I raced to make the tangram pictures as I read the book to them. A nice way to incorporate different types of learning into our story time.

    6. I used the book with my first graders for a unit on tangrams. I liked how the tangram pictures are incorporated. I also liked how there would be clues about what the next animal would be. The students loved shouting out what would be next.

    7. Tanagram is the use of seven pieces of triangles arranged in different shapes. Great use of the geometric tools in story telling.

    8. Tanograms are puzzles that are popular in Chinese culture. The book Grandfather's Tanograms illustrates the way the Chinese use the tiles to share stories with others. Each time a new character is introduced the tiles are rearranged to depict the change. In the book the two characters that are changing are known as fox fairies, which are known all thoughout Chinese folklore. The story begins with the two fox fairies having a competition with one another. Each change is made as they try to find a [...]

    9. Grandfather Tang's Story is an excellent interactive story. Not only is the story being told through the words and the pictures, but also through tangrams. Tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles that have 7 pieces all made from a square piece of paper. You put the pieces together to form different shapes. Grandfather Tang's Story uses these puzzles to make the characters come off the page. The story is of two fairy foxes that are showing each other the great animals that they can become, but by do [...]

    10. Personal reaction: I liked this book because of how it incorporated tangrams into the story. I also really liked how it brought in the grandpa in as well. The beginning where the grandfather and granddaughter were sitting under the tree was very cute because of the obvious respect the granddaughter had for him.Purpose: This book would be great to read aloud to 2nd graders because I think they would understand the concept and patterns of tangrams. I would want to use this book on an ELMO or somet [...]

    11. In this exceptional story of Grandfather Tang's Story, Grandfather Tang and Little Soo play with tangram puzzles one afternoon. Little Soo inquires if they could tell stories using the tangrams and so Grandfather Tang tells the story of the two foxes. The two foxes often compete since they both have the magic power to change into whichever animal they would like. One day, they misused this power in a game of tag and one of the foxes almost got killed by a hunter.This story is a great example of [...]

    12. This is the story about a grandfather and his granddaughter playing with tangrams and they created a story to go along with the tangrams. The story begins with both the grandfather and granddaughter being foxes and each were competitive against each other throughout the story. Both changed animals in order to keep up with the other one, not only to catch the other, but to try to eat them as well. The author used tangrams to represent and show the different animals that they both represented. The [...]

    13. Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert is story that depicts the unique relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter. The two create a story through the development of a tangram, an ancient Chinese puzzle with pieces to construct images of various animals. This story is great for teaching the tradition of storytelling in specific cultures and its impact on familial values. It is also a great story to integrate literacy in the math curriculum. Geometry is an important math concept [...]

    14. Grandfather Tang's Story is about a child listening to her grandfather tell old stories. For each story, he put together shapes of animals and objects using the same seven pieces of paper every time. These seven pieces of paper come from one perfect square. The artwork in this book was done with pens and watercolors, and they set a very whimsical, relaxing tone to this book. My favorite thing about this story is that it can be used in teaching lessons for math. Teachers, or anyone wanting to use [...]

    15. Little Soo begs Grandfather Tang to tell her a story about fox fairies. So grandfather begins a story about Chou and Wu Ling, two fox fairies who can change themselves into different animals. When danger threatens one of the fox fairies, they put their competition aside in order to save each other. In addition to the lovely Chinese folktale, the addition of tangram design embedded in the text adds a different curricular dimension to this picture book. This book can be used to introduce tangram d [...]

    16. I used this book during my Chinese New Year semi-unit.This is a long-winded story that includes tangram puzzles! The general idea is that you read the book and the kids make tangrams at the same time.I will give out a word of advice - many kids will NOT like using the tangram pieces to make the animals. I would estimate that about half of my kids were into it and half were not having it at all. I think it's a spatial aptitude thing. I had kids helping each other and that seemed to alleviate the [...]

    17. This book is so fun! The story is action packed with messages about games that get out of hand and true friendship. This story is told within another sweet story about a girl and her grandfather. I took the time to make the tangrams with my daughter and it was a lot of fun. It slowed the pace of the story a bit and gave us a chance to fiddle around with geometry. At the conclusion of the book, the author has written a micro-history of tangrams and included some information about Chinese folklore [...]

    18. I would like to use this book in my classroom to introduce tangrams. The information from the back of the book adds a multiculturaland historical dimension to the lesson while the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter offers an intergenerational link. I would like to follow each transformation in the book with a poster board revealing page by page what is happening. We could then do a small groups activity where the students play with the tangrams and create their own versions of th [...]

    19. Good for math and tangrams. Story that a grandfather tells his granddaughter about different animals as he shapes animals with tangrams. The fable is two foxes who change shapes and become each other's predators. Then an animal realizes that he is trying to hurt his friend, and changes to a goose like his friend. However a hunter shoots down one of the animals, and the friend animal becomes a lion and protects his friend from the hunter. Then the friends change back into foxes and mend their wou [...]

    20. A longer story (more words) than many math picture books.Best to be "acted out" as it is told with a set of tangrams. Actually, I would want at least 2 sets (one for each of the main characters) and maybe 3 (the last page needs 3 sets to do the full scene).The story has a wonderful folk tale feel and the watercolor and ink illustrations go with it marvelously. Great for people who don't necessarily sit still while listening.

    21. I liked this book. It is a pretty cute book about a grandfather telling a story using tangrams to his granddaughter.It's interesting because the tangrams can be moved around in order to make different animals. It is the perfect book to use if you are going to use tangrams with your children. Focus on geometry and shapes. Children can try to make the same animals that the story mentions or construct their own!

    22. This is an excellent book when teaching and dealing with shapes and the different shapes and images you can make out of smaller shapes. Within this book a grandfather is tell his granddaughter a story and as the story goes on his animal he creates with the shape continue to change allowing the student to manipulate the shapes given to them to play along with the story. Excellent book for all ages.

    23. Grandfather Tang's story is a picture-book with a very heavily influenced Asian feel. Grandfather Tang tells the story of two fox fairies, which incidentally incorporates the use of tangrams. The tangrams are a neat concept and will help spur creativity with children, matching the shapes on the page and potentially making their own creations. The illustrations in this book, though looking somewhat dated, are well done. I would recommend this book to students who like puzzles.

    24. This book had a good story line and had a good representation of the heritage that Grandfather Tang and Little Soo represent. It would be a story that could be used for different subjects which is really useful in the classroom, because it can be used throughout the day with different activities. The amount of history in this book is not as large as I was expecting, it is more a book focused on math, but is still a very useful book. I would include this book in my classroom library.

    25. a folk tale about two foxes that can change shape with tangram (a collection of triangles and quadrilaterals that can be combined to form different shapes) illustrations of each animal included in the story. The framing devices was nice, and the folk tale had a little message tucked into it that is generally uplifting. Also a possible jab at hunting, but you'd have to already believe a certain way to take it to heart.

    26. A young girl's grandfather is telling her a story using tangrams. These are usually used in other cultures so this story would be good used to teach different cultures. They arrange the tangrams into many different shapes, including the two of them sitting underneath a tree. This could be used in third grade classroom.

    27. This is a cute story that incorporates tangram pieces in the story line. After reading the book, the teacher could print out big versions of the tangram puzzles in the book and have the students complete them. Also, the students can be practicing directionality in their speech when talking about the relation of one piece to another.Recommended grade level:K-5

    28. A cute story about a grandfather and his grand daughter making tangrams of various animals. This book teaches the definition of a tangram: Chinese puzzle that consists of different geometric pieces. This would be a great book to incorporate into a geometry lesson, when students are leaving the names for various shapes.

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