Maples in the Mist: Poems for Children from the Tang Dynasty

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“Maples in the Mist: Poems for Children from the Tang Dynasty” by Minfong Ho
Illustrated by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books
ISBN-13: 978-0688120443

The Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) is often referred to as the Golden Age of China when the country was general-ly at peace and the people prosperous.  During this time, the arts flourished and poetry reached new heights; in fact, Tang poems are widely accepted as the best classical poems in China’s two-thousand-year literally history.  The poems in this book represent the reper-toire of simpler Tang poems traditional-ly taught to children.  Beautifully illus-trated, this thought-provoking poetry collection shows how there are things in this world that can span centuries and even millennia and still touch the hu-man heart.