This picture book depicts the relationship of animals who are at prey and preyed upon, teaching the law of co-existence behind the relationship.
- Book Intro
The Law of the Wild Grasslands
A deer runs to escape from a leopard. The leopard chases the deer, hunting the deer for survival. The moment the sharp teeth of the leopard seem to touch the tail of the deer, bang! A gun goes off. The leopard runs for its life to escape the hunters. So, from what do people with guns and vehicles run?
1) Continuity of the value of life
The lives of animals living in the grasslands are maintained by running. A deer runs to escape a leopard. The leopard runs to catch the deer. Meanwhile, many people in modern times run not by moving their feet but by moving in various vehicles. This is the power of civilization that human society has built.
The deer frantically ran to escape the leopard. The leopard fiercely ran to escape from a human with a gun. The person didn’t stop walking. This shows how life works: Every living organism continues its life by walking and running. Why they don’t give up reminds us of the importance of life.
1) Two directions toward which a human walks: greed or co-existence
Although the reasons are different, a deer and a leopard fiercely run for the same purpose: to survive. However, with the gifts of civilization, a human need not run to survive. A human runs because of greed. A human runs for fun and profit by poaching, that is, to reap the rewards of taking another’s life. A human considers their own life to be important but neglects the value of the lives of other animals.
A poacher who is about to hunt a leopard and a protection area manager are all human beings who rejoice in modern conveniences. However, the way they use the gifts of civilization is different. The poacher runs to easily take another’s life, and indulges in greed; whereas the manager considers others and uses human inventions to protect another’s life. This book implicitly suggests how people should utilize modern inventions and how people should live their lives.
- About the Author
(English) Park Jongjin studied children's books in university and completed the children's book creative writing course at Children's Book World. Park is now dedicated to writing stories he will one day tell his own loving daughter. He received the Commendation Prize at the 2017 National Institute of Ecology ecological children's book submission contest.
(English) Oh Seungmin studied Eastern art at Sejong University and completed an illustrated book course at Hankyoreh. Oh received the second prize Korea Anderson Shadow Award and the NOMA Concours for Children's Picture Book Illustrations with Hide and Seek in 2004. Her Ugly Duckling was selected and presented at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) in 2007. Oh was selected as the illustrator of Korean Pavilion of Bologna Children's Book Fair with The Song of Aggabi in 2009. Oh illustrated childrens books including Great Tricycle!, Space Hotel, Folk Dancing Every Day, Purple Cat, Moon Rice Cake Research Center, Great Mistake, and Luho. Oh also illustrated My Neighborhood - Doksandong, Goshu Playing the Cello, Try This Noodle, and Mr. Poet. Oh is the author and illustrator of Today's Menu is Pork Cutlet with Curry.
(Chinese) 世宗大学东洋画专业毕业，韩民族插图画册课程结业。凭借《一定要藏好》获得了2004年韩国安徒生影子奖优秀奖和日本NOMA CONCOURS 国际图书插图优秀奖。《丑小鸭》于2007年被选为BIB布拉迪斯拉发双年展展出作品，《鬼怪之歌》被选为2009年博洛尼亚国际书展韩国馆插图画家。童话《 酷毙了 ，三轮自行车！』 《宇宙酒店》、《每天都跳传统舞》、《紫色猫》、《月糕研究所》、《了不起的失误》、《楼浩》，为绘本《我的独山洞》、《演奏大提琴的加什》、《诗人叔叔来吃面条》等作品画画，还创作了绘本《今天是炸猪排咖喱饭》等。
(French) En 2004, elle a remporté le prix Korea Andersen Shadow et la mention honorable dans le Concours international NOMA pour cache-cache. En 2009, elle a été sélectionnée en tant qu’illustratrice pour le pavillon coréen de la Foire internationale du livre de Bologne avec La chanson d’Akkaebi.