Chinese Children's Favorite Stories

Chinese Children's Favorite Stories

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by Mingmei Yip
     
 

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This colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book presents Chinese fairy tales and other folk stories—providing insight into a rich literary culture.

Chinese Children's Favorite Stories is a delightful selection of thirteen Chinese folktales as told by author-illustrator Mingmei Yip. Inspired by her father's nightly story-telling

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This colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book presents Chinese fairy tales and other folk stories—providing insight into a rich literary culture.

Chinese Children's Favorite Stories is a delightful selection of thirteen Chinese folktales as told by author-illustrator Mingmei Yip. Inspired by her father's nightly story-telling adventures when she was a child, Yip hopes that by "retelling some of these thousand-year-old Chinese stories," she can pass along Chinese folklore and fables to many readers.

Retold for an international audience, the beautifully illustrated stories will give children aged five to ten in other countries a glimpse into traditional Chinese culture. The Children's Favorite Stories series was created to share the folktales and legends most beloved by children in the East with young readers of all backgrounds in the West. In Chinese Children's Favorite Stories, discover the many delightful characters—from a monkey and fairy, to ghosts and frogs—in stories such as:

  • The Mouse Bride
  • Dream of the Butterfly
  • The Ghost Catcher
  • The Frog Who Lived in a Well
  • How the Fox Tricked the Tiger
  • The Monkey King Turns the Heavenly Palace Upside Down
The Children's Favorite Stories series was created to share the folktales and legends most beloved by children in the East with young readers of all backgrounds in the West. Other multicultural children's books in this series include: Asian Children's Favorite Stories, Indian Children's Favorite Stories, Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories, Japanese Children's Favorite Stories, Singapore Children's Favorite Stories, Favorite Children's Stories from China & Tibet, Korean Children's Favorite Stories, Balinese Children's Favorite Stories, and Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Children will be drawn by the abundant colorful illustrations and the short, straightforward retellings." —Booklist

"Yip's paintings emulate classic Chinese silkscreen renderings, especially the serene nature images of "The Frog Who Lived in a Well." —Publishers Weekly

"Yip's writing is clear and accessible to children, and the bright pastel illustrations are appealing." —School Library Journal

"Beautifully illustrated, the book is geared towards children ages five to ten. For the younger set, parents can read the stories to them which are sure to stimulate their imaginations." —Bicultural Mama blog

Publishers Weekly
One way to commemorate the Chinese New Year would be to share Chinese Children's Favorite Stories by Mingmei Yip. Traditional tales such as "The Monkey King" sit alongside perhaps lesser known stories like "The Mouse Bride," which explains why Chinese children traditionally leave sesame, candy and corn under their beds as New Year's gifts for mice. Yip's paintings emulate classic Chinese silkscreen renderings, especially the serene nature images of "The Frog Who Lived in a Well." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 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 Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804835893
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
413,428
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
5 - 14 Years

Meet 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. www.mingmeiyip.com

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Chinese Children's Favorite Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 have guided me through life, I taught my child the same values. Children and adults will enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The enchanting illustrations and stories bring me back to my childhood in Hong Kong, where my parents told me tall tales that carry life lessons. With this book, I'm able to share these stories with my nieces and nephews, who are fascinated by these animated, legendary characters. And at the end, they learn the lessons as well. Great book!