The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

Katherine Paterson's retelling of the Japanese folktale "The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks" brings to life the poignant story of a beautifully plumed mandarin duck captured for its magnificent feathers and the compassionate individuals who risk their own safety to free it. This tale not only explores themes of bravery and freedom but also delves into the consequences of human actions on nature. Through this topic pack, students are invited to visualize and analyze the story's key moments, enhancing their understanding of the narrative's deep moral and aesthetic elements. Activities included help students explore the internal and external conflicts, dissect character traits, and capture the distinct mood and tone of the tale. Apply the keyword #The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks to access all content from this pack in the Comic Maker, enabling a thorough exploration of this culturally rich and morally instructive story.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Into Literature (6-12)