This picture book introduces the excitement and fun of ssireum to the children of today.
- Book Intro
On Dano day, the fifth day of the fifth month of the Lunar calendar, people gather around on the sand near the river. From infants to village elders, people of all ages and genders gather. The sweets shop and rice cake shop display their goods and even the ox, which doesn't know what's going on, follows its owner to the scene. It's all because a ssireum match is taking place! Combatants are eliminated after each match until only the strongest two men remain for the final round. One of them will be crowned the strongest man in the world.
Ssireum is a picture book written to introduce the excitement and fun of ssireum to the children of today. It depicts the strength and techniques of the ssireum wrestlers, the tense matches, the clanking sound of the sweets seller's scissors, the roars and cheers from the crowd, the surprise of a small man defeating a big man, and the sounds of music when the champion is determined. This wide array of excitement and fun is accompanied by witty prose.
The dynamic and detailed drawings deliver the tension of the moment, from the breath of the wrestlers to the movements, expressions and gestures of the referee and crowd, delivering real-like excitement that feels like an actual ssireum match.
- About the Author
(French) J'écris et fabrique le livre d'images dans ma vie. J'ai fait plusiers livres et ceux pour enfant comme "Dans le ciel", "Si tu veux manger une pastèque", "La lutte", "A une arbre", "Bruit dans la ruelle", "Le tigre et fils dévoué" et "L'histoire de la naissance du monde" etc. D'ailleurs, j'enseigne "Théorie de la création des livres d'images" au cours de master de l'université municipale de Séoul
Lee Seunghyun studied illustration at the HILLS Illustration School and the Graduate School of University of Seoul. Books authored by Lee Seunghyun include Blue House, a story about a brutal crackdown that happened in Yongsan. Lee received the Illustration Award at the Korean Children's Book Awards for his picture book Ssireum. Lee has illustrated children's books such as Looking for the Son-in-Law Who's Good at Lying, Eunuch, the Man of King, and My D'Artagnan.
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