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Koi : a modern folk tale

Author: Sheldon Harnick; Margery Gray; Matt Harnick; Alan Alda
Publisher: New York, NY : Beaufort Books, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English
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"Koi are unusually beautiful creatures. Perhaps because of their unusual beauty, koi have inspired a variety of legends. The recurrent theme in these legends is that koi, because of their endurance and perseverance, have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one's destiny. In one of the more celebrated versions of this legend, koi are rewarded for their endurance and perseverance by being  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Haiku
Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sheldon Harnick; Margery Gray; Matt Harnick; Alan Alda
ISBN: 0825308410 9780825308413
OCLC Number: 965147875
Description: 52 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Responsibility: photographs by Margery Gray Harnick and Matt Harnick ; haiku narrative sequence by Sheldon Harnick. Foreword by Alan Alda.

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"Koi are unusually beautiful creatures. Perhaps because of their unusual beauty, koi have inspired a variety of legends. The recurrent theme in these legends is that koi, because of their endurance and perseverance, have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one's destiny. In one of the more celebrated versions of this legend, koi are rewarded for their endurance and perseverance by being transformed into dragon fish. In their book KOI, Margery and Sheldon Harnick have created their own version of this legend in photographs and verses. In their version, koi are rewarded for a reason other than endurance and perseverance. Though the years, the gods have noted how much pleasure men and women have derived simply from observing the prismatic beauty of the koi. For this gift to mankind, the gods decided to transform the most beautiful koi into majestic and powerful dragons. Margery Harnick's photographs not only show this transformation taking place but also capture the remarkable beauty of these creatures in ways that most people have never seen. (Additional photographs by Matt Harnick portray the gods and the dragons.) And since koi are Asian in origin, Sheldon Harnick has chosen to deliver the narrative in the form of haiku verses. The union of photographs and verses makes a charming and artistically satisfying combination."--Amazon.com.

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