|Author:||Hong, Chen Jiang|
|Publisher:||Enchanted Lion Books|
|Publication Year:||October 31, 2006|
|Keywords:||Horses; Folklore; Juvenile Folk Tales / Mythology / Fables; Juvenile Fiction; Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Nonfiction; Children: Grades 1-2; Juvenile Nonfiction; History - Asia; Juvenile Nonfiction / History / Asia; Art; Art (painting sculpture artists architecture etc.); Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country/Ethnic-General; China|
This is the story of a young boy who grows up to be a famous painter of horses. His reputation is known throughout China and one day a great warrior comes to him and asks for one of his magical horses. One of Gan's painted horses comes to life and off the warrior and the horse go to battle. They are unbeatable as the horse never tires. However, over time the destruction saddens the horse and one night he disappears. Full of emotion and suspense this story will engage young readers. It is based in part on the true life of the Tang Dynasty painter Han Gan. The author/illustrator uses the same technique employed by Gan, painting with China Ink on silk.