The 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 largerand 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? Award-winning author-illustrator Barbara McClintock's meticulous research and vibrant watercolor illustrations breathe life into this frenzied, fictionalised exploration of China's ancient Five Forms.
A little girl conjures increasingly destructive animals using Chinese martial arts poses in this new Barbara McClintock picture book.
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.