Korean American Books

Summaries and reviews of fiction and nonfiction books by Korean American authors,
books about Korean Americans and Korea, and Korean literature in English translation,
including some academic works and a sampling on the Korean War

Friday, September 19, 2008

The King’s Secret: The Legend of King Sejong, by Carol J. Farley

A fictionalized telling of how the great King Sejong of early Joseon (mid-1400s) set out to create a Korean vernacular alphabet to replace the unwieldy usage of Chinese characters used to write Korean phonetically. This system limited literacy to the educated aristocrat class. The story involves a commoner youth who helped show scholars from the Hall of Worthies that the alphabet was a gift from the gods. (Ages 5-8)

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