This book is about realizing the value of folk paintings by exploring the many stories hiding inside them.
- Book Intro
People tend to think that folk paintings are old and boring. But there are many beautiful folk paintings we don't know about. There are drawings of flowers, butterflies and landscapes of Korea as well as "Chaekgeori" (paintings of stationery) in which books in bookshelves, pottery and various plants and animals are drawn, and "Munjado" (paintings of letters) in which many stories are hidden inside the letters. Folk paintings were drawn freely, not restricted to formats, by unknown artists in the past.
In this book, children can meet many stories on the expedition of folk paintings. They starts to explore the world, where imagination and reality co-exist, along with "Horangmalko," a magpie-tiger, which is a main subject of Korean folk paintings. At first, they go to a place, where the sun and the moon are together, and meet a tiger family: a big tiger, a tiger underneath a pine tree, and a tiger cub. Next, they slip and fall down when crossing a single log bridge. But they are saved by a carp who is transformed into a dragon and flies them away on his back to where the ten animals representing longevity live.
After waking up from a nap, they go to the Gwangtong bridge during the Joseon dynasty and see people buying and selling paintings. They meet people who pray for good fortunes with folk paintings and who are made happy because of the artwork. As an unnamed man draws the children a picture of a phoenix and a giraffe, they realize how the world of folk paintings is generous in that people during Joseon Dynasty relied on each other to over the hardship in the world through folk paintings. Folk paintings were used in various ways because they included happiness and dreams, and thus they were very close to the lives of our Korean ancestors.
Folk paintings were neglected by the public because the names of the artists were unknown. But recently, as the beautiful colors used in the folk paintings, the free imaginations, dreams and the pursuit of happiness have become known, they have started to attract people's attention. According to this book, "By getting to know the true value of folk paintings, we can learn how to make a great world by wishing for each other's dreams and sharing happiness just like in the paintings."
- About the Author
Lee Kyunghee (F) majored in Cultural Contents at Hanyang University Graduate School. Lee received the grand prize in the creative children's story category at the 2012 Suwon Hwaseong Storytelling Contest for The Rotten Attack. Since receiving a prize for the Sincere Warrior from the Korea Forest Service in 2014, Lee has been publishing children's stories serially in Brunch at Daum and is currently a freelance lecturer. With the conviction, "make what is meaningful fun," Lee has published academic children's stories such as We Go series: Aquarium Friends, Welcome to the Folk Painting World and The Hero Project.
Lee Hyunjoo (F) graduated from the Seoul Arts High School and majored in Oriental Painting at Hongik University. At present, she works as an illustrator. Books she has illustrated include, Math Magician, Studying Methods of Scholars, Measuring the Size of the Earth while Sitting Down, and Throw Away, Share and Fill!. She tries to consistently show children works filled with warmth, amiability, and wit.
School Library Journal, 2018, Recommended book (humanities for children)