Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

The Kite Fighters

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

The Kite Fighters

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PARK, LINDA SUE. (2000). The Kite Fighters. New York: Clarion Books.ISBN: 0-- 395-94041-9

For students in grades 3 and up, this short but compelling novel depicts Young-sup and his older brother, Kee-Sup, in a typical sibling relationship in which each tries to determine his own role within the family. Young-Sup is a superb kite-flyer while his older brother, Kee-Sup, struggles to launch his kite. But, Kee-Sup is a kite-maker extraordinaire, constructing kites that are not only artistic but also perfectly crafted to catch the air. When the very young king of Korea unexpectedly arrives where the boys are playing with their kites, he asks for a kite of his own and the tutelage to learn to fly it. Spanning the evolving relationships between the boys and the boy king (a true challenge to the traditions of 1473 Korea) through the kite flying tournament, Young-Sup and Kee-Sup give and take, learning more and more about each other and themselves. …

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