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Chinese Children's Favorite Stories Hardcover – January 15, 2005

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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

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8
  • Series: Children's Favorite Stories
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804835896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804835893
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mingmei Yip is an excellent writer--very engaging. And her illustrations are very colorful and eye-catching as well. I was looking for books to introduce Chinese culture to my young nieces, nephews, and cousins, and I can definitely recommend this one. I couldn't put it down myself, late one night! I had checked out a slew of books from the library, but only some met my criteria of excellent writing and good pictures. Some had one or the other: this one had BOTH. I don't give anything I wouldn't want myself...I sure wish I had this when I was growing up! Adults can enjoy this, too.
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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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As another reviewer mentioned the length of these stories is perfect for a bedtime story. The choice of stories are all classic Chinese stories which are ingrained in Chinese culture. The illustrationd are all very striking and the short explanations of how these stories are remembered today was very educational for a Westerner living in Taiwan like myself.
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A collection of thirteen stories that I grew up with(Taiwan) and love to pass down to my children, this colorful volume, with authentic Chinese-style drawings, brings back to life legends and tales that feature wise scholars, talking animals, emperors and goddesses. These thousand-year old stories are written to educate young minds to do good deeds and cultivate moral wisdom. Straightforward plots reinforce the lessons learnt from famous stories like "The Frog who Lived in the Well", "Dream of the Butterfly (kid's version of Chuang Tzu's philosophical tale)", "Carp Jumping Over the Dragon Gate", "Chang-E Flies to the Moon" and "The Monkey King". Every region may have slightly varied versions, but this favorite book has done an amazing job and we look forward to reading more.
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We have been reading a different story from the book each night. They are a good legnth for bedtime. My daughter is adopted from China and is usually not that receptive to reading books with Chinese subject matter, but she loves this book. All of the stories are new to us, too. The pictures are colorful and nicely detailed.
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I buy a lot of books for my daughter about many different cultures and this is one of our favourites. Well written and entertaining for adults and children.
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My kids really like this book and pick it out a lot as bedtime reading. A couple of the stories, like a ghost story, I don't read as a bedtime story. The illustrations are quite colorful and lovely. It's been good, in my mind, for expanding my children's (4 and 6 y/o) exposure to different cultures.
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My daughter, whom we adopted from China, loves this book. It is one of her favorites at bedtime. She loves hearing the classic Chinese fables. The artwork is very nice as well.
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