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The Pearl Empress

Story Stats

Rating: 4
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Page count: 6
Categories: Chinese, Fantasy, Folk Tale



Appeared in

Cricket Magazine Vol 27, Num 12, August 2000

Story Summary

Ah-Lin, an ill-tempered empress, is insulted by her grandmother's gift of a brown bead necklace. Throwing it out the window, the necklace as well as her grandmother are taken away by a strange wind. Desperate to rescue her grandmother, Ah-Lin visits the Dragon on the mountain only to find out that the only way to rescue her grandmother is to live as the least of her subjects for 100 days. Her penance give her the gift her grandmother wanted for her all along, the gift of kindness.