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Bridgewater
Village
School
 Grades
Five
and
Six
 Summaries
of
stories
from
Shen
of
the
Sea

 by
Arthur
Bowie
Chrisman
 This
book
was
the
winner
of
the
Newbery
Award
in
1926.



Shen
of
the
Sea
 























Short
story

 

















“Ah
Mee’s
Invention”
 












By
Arthur
Bowie
Chrisman
 





















Summary
by
Ora




 



In
the
story
Ah
Mee’s

Invention,
Ah
 Mee
gets
in
trouble
a
lot.
For
instance
he
 never
does
what
he
is
told
to
do
but
he
 always
does
what
he
is
not
told
to.
So
one
 day
Ah
Mee
was
eating
jelly
witch
he
was
 not
allowed
to.
But
he
got
it
all
over
the
 plates
his
brother
had
carved.
Then
his
 other
brother
that
is
a
writer
walked
to
 the
room
while
Ah
Mee
was
getting
in
 trouble.
He
saw
what
had
happened
and
 said
he
could
make
books
faster
this
way.
 So
Ah
Mee’s
brother
carved
the
plates
Ah
 Mee
slapped
the
jelly
on
them
and
ate
 some
every
once
and
a
while.
Then
his
 brother
that
was
a
writer
used
wood
 blocks
and
put
jelly
on
them
and
stamped
 them
into
books.
By
doing
this
he
 invented
print
making.
Even
though
he
 did
something
wrong
it
made
every
one
 happy.



That lazy Ah fun 


By
Bowie
Chrisman





























 Short
story
by
Quinn

 
 
 
 
 



 I
 read
 the
 story
 “That
 Lazy
 Ah
 Fun”
 and
 he
 was
too
lazy
to
get
wood
for
the
fire.

Because
 the
 doctor
 was
 sick,
 so
 Ah
 Fun
 went
 and
 threw
a
bamboo
stick
with
gunpowder,
and
it
 blew
 up
 the
 doctor.
 
 Then
 they
 discovered
 that
gunpowder
can
blow
up.
 
 
 



Shen
of
the
Sea
 By
Arthur
Brownie
Chrisman
 Summary
By
Cassie
Hill
 
 


My
summary
about

 the
Princess
of
the
Pies.
 This
story
is
about
how
porcelain
was
made.
 One
day
a
princess
who
liked
to
make
mud
 pies.
Then
one
day
a
dragon
came
and
 breathed
hot
fire
onto
the
mud
pies.
So
she
 kept
on
making
these
mud
pies
and
the
 dragon
kept
on
breathing
hot
fire
onto
them.
 That
is
how
porcelain
was
made.
 



 
 
 



“That Lazy Ah Fun” 
























From: The Shen of the Sea By: Arthur Bowie Chrisman Summary by: Matt


 
 
 
 



BROOOMP!” went the cottage. In the story “That Lazy Ah Fun” in the book the Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chirsman. In the story Ah fun is a lazy kid. One time he went to fetch his cow. He thought it was a lot of work, so Ah Fun just walked over to his neighbors and stole one of his cows. “

One day Ah Fun’s father, the doctor, was sick and cold so he told Ah Fun to go get some fire wood. Being lazy Ah Fun put bamboo shafts in the fire and one went…BROOMP!


The doctor went flying out of the cottage and landed in cabbage. The doctor then decided to find which medicine made him explode. They went back to the cottage and went through all the medicine then …BROOMP! They found what is today gun powder. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



“Many
Wives”
 A
story
from
Shen
of
the
Sea

 by
Arthur
Bowie
Chrisman.
 Summary
by
Zac
Cannon
 



 



The
Emperor
Wong
Sing
was
told
by
Ching
 Who
Speaks
Only
Enough
that
the
only
way
to
 stop
the
troubles
he
was
having
was
to
get
 married.
So
the
Emperor
called
for
all
of
the
 maidens
to
come
to
the
palace
to
have
their
faces
 painted.

Wong
Sing
did
this
to
see
all
of
the
 maidens
without
meeting
them.
First
it
was
the
 turn
of
a
very
ugly
woman
whose
name
was
Ying
 Ning.
Knowing
she
would
not
become
the
 Emperor’s
wife
Ying
bribed
the
painter
into
 making
her
picture
beautiful.
Later
on
it
was
the
 most
beautiful
woman’s
turn,
her
name
was
 Radiant
Blossom.
The
painter
asked
Radiant
 blossom
if
she
wanted
to
pay
him
to
look
even
 more
beautiful.
When
she
refused,
the
painter
 made
her
look
ugly.
When
the
King
saw
her
 gruesome
picture
he
sent
her
to
Wolf
Heart,
a
 barbarian.

While
Radiant
Blossom
was
being
 shipped
over
to
Wolf
Heart
she
jumped
out
of
the
 boat.
She
was
never
seen
by
the
Emperor
again.
 
 



“The
Lazy
Ah
Fun”
 From
Shen
of
the
Sea
 By
Bowie
Chrisman
 Picture
by
Jed




I
read
the
story
“That
Lazy
Ah
Fun”
in
the
book

 Shen
the
Sea
by
Arthur
Bowie
Chrisman.

In
the
 story
there
is
a
boy
named
Ah
Fun
and
his
dad
is
 Dr.Chu
Ping.

He
told
Ah
Fun
to
go
get
some
water
 for
dinner,
but
he
so
lazy
that
he
went
to
the
ditch
 and
when
they
drank
it
Dr.Chu
Ping
got
sick.

He
 told
Ah
Fun
to
make
a
fire
to
keep
him
warm.

But
 Ah
Fun
was
too
lazy
to
look
for
fire
wood
so
he
 took
his
Father’s
medicine
tubes
and
threw
one
of
 them
in
the
fire.
But
when
Dr.Chu
Ping
got
cold
 again
he
asked
Ah
Fun
to
fix
the
fire
again
so
he
 got
another
medicine
tube
and
threw
it
in.
Then
 this
went
on
until
they
got
to
what
we
call
gun
 powder
and
when
Ah
Fun
threw
that
in,
it
 exploded
and
Dr.Chu
Ping
went
through
the
roof
 of
the
house.
And
their
neighbor
was
milking
his
 cow
but
when
he
heard
the
big
noise
he
ran
for
his
 life.
His
cow
did
too,
but
the
cow
did
not
come
 back.
Their
neighbor
did.
Finally
all
of
the
town
 came
and
was
calling
Ah
Fun
lazy
but
Dr.Chu
Ping
 said
no
he’s
not,
he’s
not.
The
Dr.
was
happy
 because
he
knew
that
his
son
invented
 gunpowder.





 



Isabelle
 

















































That
Lazy
Ah
Fun



 
 
 
 
 
 



“That
Lazy
Ah
Fun”
from
the
book,
Shen
of
the
 Sea,
by
Arthur
Bowie
Chrisman
is
a
very
 funny
little
story.
It
made
me
giggle
because
 the
doctor’s
son,
Ah
Fun,
was
so
lazy.
He
 didn’t
bother
to
go
outside
and
cut
firewood
 to
make
his
father
warm
when
he
was
sick.
So
 he
looked
around
their
house
for
wood.
Then
 he
found
the
tubes
of
medicine
his
father
 used.
When
he
got
to
the
last
tube,
it
held
huo
 yao,
the
substance
we
use
today
as
gun
 powder.
When
he
threw
it
into
the
fire,
his
 father
exploded
through
the
roof,
because
the
 fire
was
underneath
him.
That
was
how
gun
 powder
was
invented.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



“That
Lazy
Ah
Fun”
 In
Shen
of
The
Sea
By
Arthur
Bowie
Chrisman
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 



In
this
book
there
are
many
stories.
The
one
I
read
is
 a
funny
story
of
a
little
boy
who
invents
gun
powder.
 The
name
of
this
story
is
That
lazy
ah
fun.
In
the
story
a
 doctor
gets
sick
from
being
out
in
the
cold
helping
 people.
He
asks
his
lazy
son
to
start
a
fire
to
warm
him
 up.
But
the
doctor
doesn’t
expect
to
actually
to
go
up.
As
 the
lazy
son
sticks
everything
he
can
find
in
the
house
 into
the
fire
he
accidently
puts
the
doctors
collection
of
 medicines
in
the
fire.
One
mixture
just
happened
to
be
 gun
powder.




Baaannngg!!!
 WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
 What
goes
up
must
come
down.
In
a
cabbage
patch!
 BUMP!
Then
the
doctor
had
the
best
idea.
This
could
be
 used
to
scare
away
the
demons.
So
that
is
what
he
did
 he
went
back
and
got
the
medicine.
That
is
how
Ah
fun
 discovered
gunpowder.
 
 
 



“Many
Wives”
 From
Shen
of
the
Sea
by
Arthur
Bowie
Chrisman

 Summary
by
Emma
 





 


Once
 there
 was
 a
 warrior
 in
 a
 war
 that
 was
 told
 that
if
he
married
the
war
would
end.
The
warrior
 went
 overboard
 with
 too
 many
 wives.
 The
 most
 beautiful
 wife
 was
 Radiant
 Blossom
 she
 was
 also
 the
smartest
wife.
One
day
the
warrior
gave
her
to
 someone
else
and
she
jumped
in
the
river
and
the
 people
 thought
 she
 drowned
 so
 she
 swam
 away
 and
no
one
saw
her
again.

 



Shen
of
the
Sea
 By
Arthur
Bowie
Chrisman

 “Ah
Mee's
Invention”
 Summary
by
Ashley



 



I
read
the
story
‘Ah
Mee's
Invention.’

The
 little
boy
does
the
opposite
of
what
people
 tell
him
to
do.
Also
his
dad
told
him
to
get
 his
hand
out
of
a
jar
but
he
didn’t
so
he
 would
take
some
jam,
put
it
on
a
plate
and
 throw
it
at
the
wall.
By
doing
this
he
 invented
printmaking.
His
uncle
and
his
 father
were
both
happy.
 
 
 


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THE
END
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