Fu Finds the Way

Fu Finds the Way

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When the warrior Chang challenges young Fu to a duel, Fu panics. His only hope is that the Master will train him, just as he's trained all the young warriors of the village. But instead of teaching Fu to fight, the Master teaches him to pour tea. Fu learns purpose, flow and patience in the process, but will it be enough to defeat the mighty Chang?
With his signature breathtaking art, John Rocco has created a modern parable full of adventure, heart, humor, and a gentle message about the importance of focus and finding joy in simple tasks.

Baker & Taylor
Hoping his Master will train him how to fight after the warrior Chang challenges young Fu to a duel, Fu is surprised when instead he is taught how to pour tea.

Baker
& Taylor

Hoping his Master will train him how to fight after the warrior Chang challenges young Fu to a duel, Fu is surprised when instead he is taught how to pour tea. By the creator of Wolf! Wolf!

Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781423109655
1423109651
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm

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forbesrachel Oct 23, 2013

Purpose, flow, and patience. These three aspects are the basis for the perfect tea, as well as many other activities in life. Having learned this on a trip, the author now teaches it to us through the story of an impatient boy who gets into a bit of trouble.

For this ancient teaching, the tale occurs in an ancient setting, represented with a painted style reminiscent of eastern art. Washed-out earthy tones dominate, giving both a sense of age, as well as a tranquil atmosphere. Therefore, in order to distinguish the boy from the background, he wears orangey-red clothes. Only one instance of red is brighter, and that is when he first meets the soldier with a temper.

Every few pages there is a panelled approach similar to eastern panelled screens. Little touches like this give the book a unique cultural feel that some others lack.

Fu learns his lesson from a teacher whose wisdom prevents a tragedy. His teaching method is a bit psychological, which makes it difficult for younger children to understand, but this soul searching aspect is a good reason to change. Fighting physically is not something we should do, rather words and actions should be read with compassion, and in the spirit of compromise and understanding.

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