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Erase una vez en China siete hermanos que caminaban igual, hablaban igual, y se parecian tanto que resultaba dificil distinguirlos uno del otro. Cada uno de ellos poseia un don extraordinario. Pero solo cuando combinan esos poderes es que logran vencer al cruel Ch'in Shih Huang, primer emperador de la China, y asi salvarse los unos a los otros.


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Erase una vez en China siete hermanos que caminaban igual, hablaban igual, y se parecian tanto que resultaba dificil distinguirlos uno del otro. Cada uno de ellos poseia un don extraordinario. Pero solo cuando combinan esos poderes es que logran vencer al cruel Ch'in Shih Huang, primer emperador de la China, y asi salvarse los unos a los otros.

30 review for The Seven Chinese Brothers: Los Siete Hermanos Chinos

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    This was one of my favorite stories as a child, I had a copy and read it often. What made me think of this wonderful book was the catchy REM song from my later youth. Good times. This was one of my favorite stories as a child, I had a copy and read it often. What made me think of this wonderful book was the catchy REM song from my later youth. Good times.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie Mccue

    This story is about seven Chinese brothers that all live together. The brothers are all so much alike that you can hardly tell them apart except that they each have a different amazing power. One has amazing ears, one has amazing eye sight, one has great strength, one has iron bones, one has legs that can grow, one never gets to hot, and the last brother if he cries, one tear will drown a whole city. The brother with great hearing heard people working and the brother with great eyesight could se This story is about seven Chinese brothers that all live together. The brothers are all so much alike that you can hardly tell them apart except that they each have a different amazing power. One has amazing ears, one has amazing eye sight, one has great strength, one has iron bones, one has legs that can grow, one never gets to hot, and the last brother if he cries, one tear will drown a whole city. The brother with great hearing heard people working and the brother with great eyesight could see hundreds of men repairing a hole in the Great Wall of China and so the brother with all the strength went to help. The emperor who thought that a person this strong would do more damage than good sentenced him to death, they were going to behead him. The one brother heard him crying so the brother with iron bones went to take his place. This continues with each brother and finally they outsmart the emperor. This story is based on a traditional Chinese tale about seven Chinese brothers. It also gives information about the Great Wall of China and how it was created.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Oksana

    Genre: Fairy Tale/Fiction Grade level: 3-5 Plot: The seven Chinese brothers is about seven brother who all look alike but have individual extraordinary qualities. One has amazing ears, another has amazing eye sight, the third has great strength, fourth has iron bones, fifth has legs that can grow, the sixth never gets to hot, and the last brother if he cries his tears can drown a whole city. One day the brother with great hearing heard people working and the brother with great eyesight could see h Genre: Fairy Tale/Fiction Grade level: 3-5 Plot: The seven Chinese brothers is about seven brother who all look alike but have individual extraordinary qualities. One has amazing ears, another has amazing eye sight, the third has great strength, fourth has iron bones, fifth has legs that can grow, the sixth never gets to hot, and the last brother if he cries his tears can drown a whole city. One day the brother with great hearing heard people working and the brother with great eyesight could see hundreds of men repairing a hole in the Great Wall of China. They looked tired and weak from not getting enough food. To help the brother with all the strength built the wall in no time. The emperor who thought that a person this strong would do more damage than good sentenced him to death, they were going to behead him. The brother who could hear well heard the brother with strength crying. To help, the brother with iron bones went to take his place, and the soldiers could not chop of his head. Each time the emperor tries to kill one brother another takes his place to use their power and finally they outsmart the emperor. When reading this book is became my favorite because I can see how this would be a great book for learning to make predictions. Students can work on trying to make prediction of how each brothers power can help solve the next problem. This book also has unique pictures and a lot that can show you about china and its culture.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I loved this book when I was about 5 or 6. It was utterly weird, dreamlike and surreal, and I sensed that even at that age.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Grace Reed

    (Folkore pick) The Seven Chinese Brothers is a classic Chinese folktale first written in the 1930s. Though it has been rewritten many times over the decades, the message of the story remains the same. The story tells of seven brothers (five in some versions of the retelling) that each have a power unique to themselves that they use to defeat an evil, powerful emperor. Though the emperor tries to kill each of the brothers at one point or another, the remaining brothers use their intelligence to ou (Folkore pick) The Seven Chinese Brothers is a classic Chinese folktale first written in the 1930s. Though it has been rewritten many times over the decades, the message of the story remains the same. The story tells of seven brothers (five in some versions of the retelling) that each have a power unique to themselves that they use to defeat an evil, powerful emperor. Though the emperor tries to kill each of the brothers at one point or another, the remaining brothers use their intelligence to outwit the emperor and save each at the last moment. The message of the book is about the power of family, and their ability to overcome even the greatest odds as long as they stay together. This was a WOW book choice for me because it not only incorporated Chinese history and culture into the story, but it also utilizes a great pattern of repetition that older students would be able to appreciate and predict as the book goes on. This story would be particularly good for first and second grade, as the language may be too difficult for kindergarteners to understand. With a first or second grade class, teachers could have a read aloud with the book, and have the students attempt to predict which brother's power will be needed next in the story. Another activity could be having the students write their own version of the story, creating one or two characters with their own powers that they need to use to save one another. The Seven Chinese Brothers is a Blue Ribbon book, and was name one of the "Teacher's Top 100 Books for Children" by the National Education Association in 2007.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    1. One observation I had about this book was that it was so good at drawing me in as a reader. The tale had me engulfed in the plot and I can only imagine how it would intrigue a child if it completely captured me as an adult reading it. 2. One connection I had while reading this book was the idea of looking like your siblings but still having your own unique talents and interests. My sister and I, although seven years apart, practically look identical. For me, being the younger of us, I would s 1. One observation I had about this book was that it was so good at drawing me in as a reader. The tale had me engulfed in the plot and I can only imagine how it would intrigue a child if it completely captured me as an adult reading it. 2. One connection I had while reading this book was the idea of looking like your siblings but still having your own unique talents and interests. My sister and I, although seven years apart, practically look identical. For me, being the younger of us, I would sometimes be compared to her, yet, we are very different people. At times it was difficult when I felt like I was being compared and in her shadow, but eventually I realized that we did lookalike but we are each special unique individuals. 3. One question I have about this book was, did the emperor who actually oversaw the creation and repair of the Great Wall of China actually mistreat his workers that bad? I know the story, although a tall tale, holds some truth behind Chinese history so, was that the way the emperor treated his workers in the story the reality of how it happened in real life? 4. I was surprised at the violence that was apparent in this story. For being a children's story, it talked a lot of killing people in particularly brutal ways like beheading. 5. I really enjoyed this book and the message that everyone has unique talents and interests. I also think this story would be great for young readers to work on their prediction skills because it encourages the reader to try to predict which brother is going to come next based on their special power.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella Pugliese

    1. This book has not received any awards. 2. Recommended for grades preschool through 3. 3. This book tells the story of seven brothers. Each of the brothers has a special supernatural power. The brothers use their powers together to defeat the powerful emperor. 4. As a child, my grandmother always read this book to me. I was always so interested and captivated by this book, and I think that it will be equally as interesting to children of all ages. The theme of this book is adventurous and there 1. This book has not received any awards. 2. Recommended for grades preschool through 3. 3. This book tells the story of seven brothers. Each of the brothers has a special supernatural power. The brothers use their powers together to defeat the powerful emperor. 4. As a child, my grandmother always read this book to me. I was always so interested and captivated by this book, and I think that it will be equally as interesting to children of all ages. The theme of this book is adventurous and there is room for a lot of discussion following the reading. 5. Possible in class uses: -Having upper grade level children write their own story of different qualities that each member in their family has. Then the children can compare and contrast. - Having children practice retelling sequencing of events.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    This book is based on a common Chinese folktale. Each of the seven brothers has a different super strength that allows them to outwit and overcome the Emperor who wants to execute the man he fears. We've read other variations of this fable. This one was very traditional and quite serious. The other version we came across, was a little more unbelievable and cartoony, which I think is probably better for the ages of my children (3 & 5). This book is based on a common Chinese folktale. Each of the seven brothers has a different super strength that allows them to outwit and overcome the Emperor who wants to execute the man he fears. We've read other variations of this fable. This one was very traditional and quite serious. The other version we came across, was a little more unbelievable and cartoony, which I think is probably better for the ages of my children (3 & 5).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    I loved this book as a child and being able to say to my daughter that I had read this book when I was her age gave us both a little thrill. (What can I say, we're easily excited.) Fortunately it's still a classic and held up to my memories nor did it include any embarrassing or politically incorrect wording. (Whew!)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A good retelling of the folk tale. I wish the illustrations had made the exchange of brothers more obvious: maybe they could have different colored clothing or hair ties? It was also confusing that the emperor's palace was 100 miles away but every night, a brother travels there to switch places with his captured brother. I'm not sure if this was part of the original telling or not though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    SungJun Lee

    i think the seven chinese brother was a good book because they had a lot of little and big details about the scence. They were making the powers strict and the powers the author has given them makes sense and the book was a fun and very desciptive. But the one thing i didn't like about the book was that all the brothers got punished and didn't even have a good ending but it was still a good book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fahula

    Chinese tall tale. Students enjoy making predictions about each new fantastical ability that the next brother will have to help solve each new problem. The editor’s note about historical connections with the cruel emperor and the treatment of the workers building The Great Wall of China is interesting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ReadingMommy

    I hate to rate a DNF book, but, I do not understand how this book is rated for pre-k when it talks about what it does. We quit when we got to where the emperor wanted to execute one of the brothers by chopping off his head...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is a very good book about brothers who look out for one another and take care of each their when faced with trouble. They wanted to make sure the others were safe and did everything they could to make sure they stayed safe.

  15. 5 out of 5

    emyrose8

    A folktale taking place during the Han dynasty (I think). The emperor was a real person, though the story about the brothers is made up. The illustrations are beautiful watercolor paintings recreating this time period. A good one to connect to ancient history!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    Loved this book! It was imaginative & funny and the brothers were so faithful to each other, knew they could depend on each other, & worked together as a team. Loved this book! It was imaginative & funny and the brothers were so faithful to each other, knew they could depend on each other, & worked together as a team.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Fantastic book from my childhood. I liked the folktale element of the story and the theme of togetherness. The illustrations are terrific. This one is a definite classic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    My favorite version of this story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shellie Brown

    love love love fun, entertaining for PreK,K

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Enjoy this story

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark Schutz

    Good memories from my childhood.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carlee Neumann

    Loved it! So creative and sweet

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    So—my little guy said the pictures were over exaggerated and the story was unrealistic. But—I tried to tell him it was a tall tale and he would hear nothing of it. So we settle on 3 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Craytonh

    The family emphasis in this book and the importance of strengths is very admirable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bella Herrick

    Fun story with repetition and predictability.

  26. 4 out of 5

    AMY

    A great folktale from China; includes references to Great Wall of China; I would use in a folktale lesson for 2nd grade; very entertaining

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Second grade....still remember the effect that this book had on me. Unforgetable

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Hobbs

    Cute book about 7 brothers each with a different power. Would be good for kindergarten/first grade.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Franklin

    Summarize the book This story is about seven Chinese brothers that all live together. The brothers are all so much alike that you can hardly tell them apart except that they each have a different amazing power. One has amazing ears, one has amazing eye sight, one has great strength, one has iron bones, one has legs that can grow, one never gets to hot, and the last brother if he cries, one tear will drown a whole city. The brother with great hearing heard people working and the brother with great Summarize the book This story is about seven Chinese brothers that all live together. The brothers are all so much alike that you can hardly tell them apart except that they each have a different amazing power. One has amazing ears, one has amazing eye sight, one has great strength, one has iron bones, one has legs that can grow, one never gets to hot, and the last brother if he cries, one tear will drown a whole city. The brother with great hearing heard people working and the brother with great eyesight could see hundreds of men repairing a hole in the Great Wall of China and so the brother with all the strength went to help. The emperor who thought that a person this strong would do more damage than good sentenced him to death, they were going to behead him. The one brother heard him crying so the brother with iron bones went to take his place. This continues with each brother and finally they outsmart the emperor Identify the characteristics from the text that support the specific genre This book is an old folktale from China. The brothers all work together to save each other and outsmart the Chinese emperor. The book could obviously not happen as the powers that the brothers have are not physically possible. Identify specific concepts that could be integrated into the classroom. I would say there is one main concept that could be integrated into a classroom: that the brothers all work together to outsmart the emperor. The instructor could emphasize to the students that the brothers used teamwork to save each other, and that, in the end, it is extremely difficult to do very difficult tasks alone, and that accepting help is extremely important. Offer any other suggestions that would be useful regarding literary content, reading level, and other ways in which the book might be integrated. This book could actually be a decent social studies lesson as well. The instructor can use the book to introduce the Great Wall of China in a history lesson.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Beginning with an informative author's note concerning Chinese history regarding Ch'in Shih Huang (the first emperor of China), this story recounts the tale of seven brothers who each possess some mystical superpower. Working together out in the fields, the one with extraordinary hearing overhears the suffering of workers building the Great Wall and has his brother with incredible eyesight see what's going on. Since the trouble seems to be a hole in the wall that is taking much labor to fix, the Beginning with an informative author's note concerning Chinese history regarding Ch'in Shih Huang (the first emperor of China), this story recounts the tale of seven brothers who each possess some mystical superpower. Working together out in the fields, the one with extraordinary hearing overhears the suffering of workers building the Great Wall and has his brother with incredible eyesight see what's going on. Since the trouble seems to be a hole in the wall that is taking much labor to fix, the brother with super strength runs over and fixes it in a flash, thinking his kindness will solve the problem. Yet the evil emperor decides to have the man killed rather than thanked, praised or rewarded. This act begins a ridiculous game of deception in which the nearly identical brothers switch places, each one exploiting his super power to thwart the emperor's attempts to punish their helpfulness. By the end, the emperor is put in his place and the brothers joyfully reunited. The text by Margaret Mahy is wonderfully delightful to read aloud. The illustrations by husband and wife team Jean and Mou-sien Tseng are absolutely breathtaking in simplicity, emotional expression & accurate depiction. The costumes of the emperor and the soldiers in his two armies are especially impressive. Also notable is the scene toward the end of the emperor being washed away by the seventh brother's tears. It is quite reminiscent of the famous Japanese woodcut 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa'.

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