Chinese King Arthur: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (ages 8-14)

Asian Percy Jackson-Like Adventure Book for Kids

Lloyd Alexander’s The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen reminds me of Percy Jackson but the zen version or even a more swashbuckling version of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. I’m a big fan of Lloyd Alexander.  His Black Cauldron series was one of my favorites when I was a kid but I never came across this book until recently.

In this adventure, Prince Jen is a naive but kind prince who has never left his castle compound.  When his father learns of a kingdom that is prosperous and harmonious from a mysterious scholar, he wants to consult that ruler for advice but is too old to go himself.  Prince Jen volunteers and takes his loyal and clever servant, Mafoo.  The scholar picks out 6 humble but, as it turns out, magical gifts:  a saddle, a sword, a bowl,  paint box, a kite and a flute.  Each object plays an important role in reaching the destination with a story and winds up in a the hands of a person who affects Prince Jen deeply.

As Prince Jen journeys through his kingdom, misfortunes abound, but all serve a purpose.  In the final outcome, the gifts and those who possess them end up at the same place in  battle to the finish of good versus eveil against the bandit ruler Natha.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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