The Rabbit and the Dragon King (Hardcover)

Based on a Korean Folk Tale

By Daniel San Souci, Daniel San Souci (Retold by), Eujin Kim Neilan (Illustrator)

Boyds Mills Press, 9781563978807, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2002

List Price: 17.95*
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The Dragon King rules the ocean deep and all its creatures. He is a great king--but an even greater hypochondriac. Though his physician can find neither cause nor cure for his latest ailment, the king believes he is not long for this world. After consulting with his court magician, the king is convinced that eating the heart of a rabbit will cure what ails him. Turtle volunteers to swim ashore and tricks a rabbit into visiting the undersea palace. When the rabbit comes face to face with the Dragon King and learns her fate, she shows that she has a few tricks of her own. Daniel San Souci's splendid retelling finds new riches in an ancient tale that was recorded as early as A.D. 642 during Korea's Shila Dynasty. Eujin Kim Neilan's breathtaking paintings depict a magical, underwater world, where dragons, and turtles, and rabbits mingle on the ocean floor. From the author and illustrator of In the Moonlight Mist comes a stunning new version of one of Korea's best-loved folk-tales.

About the Author

Daniel San Souci has written and illustrated more than forty children's books. He has collaborated with his brother, Robert San Souci, on several book projects, including "The Legend of Scarface, a Boston Globe-Horn Book "Honor Book and a "New York Times "Best Illustrated Picture Book. Daniel lives in northern California.

Eujin Kim Neilan is a graduate of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. By the time she was twelve years old, Eujin had won several prizes in calligraphy contests. Born in Seoul, Korea, she now lives with her family in Boston, Massachusetts.