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Chinese Children's Favorite Stories (Children's Favorite Stories) (Hardcover)

Chinese Children's Favorite Stories (Children's Favorite Stories) (Hardcover)
Author/Publisher: Mingmei Yip
Format: hardcover
Emphasis: Chinese for Kids
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
List Price: $18.95

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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–A collection of 13 traditional "thousand-year-old" stories. In her introduction, Yip fondly acknowledges her father's role as family storyteller as the inspiration for this book. Some stories will be familiar, such as "The Mouse Bride," though this version is a little different from Lida Dijkstra's Little Mouse (Front St, 2004) and Ed Young's Mouse Match (Harcourt, 1997). Other selections include traditional Chinese elements such as dragons and the mischievous monkey king. Like fables, these tales have morsels of wisdom to impart, and almost all have a close connection with the natural world. Explanations of cultural elements are nicely incorporated into the text, such as the qin, a musical instrument. Yip's writing is clear and accessible to children, and the bright pastel illustrations are appealing. An attractive addition for larger collections.–Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH

From Booklist
Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. These 13 stories feature talking animals, a ghost catcher, a trickster fox, the River Dragon King, and the mischievous monkey Wu Kong, as well as cowherds, scholars, musicians, and emperors. Some tales have morals; others explain customs or traditions. Most are familiar, but no sources are cited other than the author's storytelling father. The art has a traditional Chinese look, with conventional landscapes, animals, and roly-poly, cherubic children. A small ghost peeks out from the binding after one ghost story. Storytellers may prefer other collections of Chinese folklore, but children will be drawn by the abundant colorful illustrations and the short, straightforward retellings. Linda Perkins
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Book Description
This volume of beloved Chinese stories contains a delightful selection from the rich store of Chinese folklore and legend. Discover the many delightful animal characters as well as Chang-E, the famous Eight Immortals, and Guan Yin, goddess of compassion. Retold for an international audience, the beautifully illustrated stories will give children aged six to ten in other countries a glimpse into both the tradition and culture of China.
Other titles in the series include Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories: Books One and Two , Balinese Children’s Favorite Stories, Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories, and Singapore Children’s Favorite Stories. Korean Children’s Favorite Stories, andFavorite Children’s Stories from China andTibet.

About the Author
Mingmei Yip began writing and painting during her childhood in Hong Kong. Her first newspaper article was published when she was fourteen; the next year she was admitted to the prestigious Hong Kong Chinese Contemporary Artists' Guild, becoming its youngest member. A show of her paintings was held in New York City, where she lives, in Fall of 2002.

Product Details
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0804835896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 1 review.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Armies of memories march across my mind, October 15, 2005

Reviewer: Lin Fong-O'Neill (New Jersey, USA)

These beautifully told and illustrated stories brought me back to my bedside at my childhood. My parents had told me similar tales of bravery, honors and resilience. Not only those lessons has guided me through life, I taught my child the same values. Children and adults will enjoy this book.


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