The Five Forms (Hardcover)

By Barbara McClintock

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9781626722163, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

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Description

Award-winning author-illustrator Barbara McClintock's meticulous research and vibrant watercolor illustrations breathe life into this frenzied, fictionalized exploration of China's ancient Five Forms.

When a young girl finds a mysterious, discarded book of martial arts poses, she ignores the warning printed in bold inside its cover: DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE FORMS WITHOUT AN EXPERIENCED TEACHER She decides to attempt them herself . . . but is shocked to find that doing so conjures real animals right into her home The chaos escalates as she releases a leopard, a snake, and a dragon, each creature larger and more destructive than the last. It is only once she manages the fifth and final form that things return to normal. But will she be able to clean up the mess she's created before her mother returns home?


A New York City Public Library Notable Best Book for Kids



About the Author

Barbara McClintock has written and/or illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, among them Adele & Simon, an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Lost and Found Adele and Simon in China. She lives in Windham, Connecticut.
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