Age: 4 - 8
|The Seventh Sister - a Chinese
Legend (English book)
- retold by Cindy Chang
- illustrated by
The seventh Sister
- also known as The Cowherd and the Spinning Maiden - is
a folktale from China.
A lonely shepherd
is saddened when he must let the maiden he loves return
to help her sisters weave the tapestry of night sky.
On the seventh day
of the seventh month, the Chinese celebrate the Festival
of the Milky Way. This is a special day in the lunar
calendar, the traditional calendar of China that follows
the complete phases of the moon. People hope for a clear
nigh on this festival. According to tradition, if it
rains, the magpies are washed away, and the tears of
Cowherd and Spinning Maiden fall to earth because they
are separated for another year.