Runaway Rice Cake

Runaway Rice Cake

Hardcover(1 ED)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689829727
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 448,926
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD300L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Ying Chang Compestine was born in Wuhan, China, and came to the U.S. when she was twenty-three. Growing up in China during the lean years of the Cultural Revolution, Ying often dreamed of the kind of Chinese New Year celebrated in this book. Aside from playing with her young son and his friends, Ying loves to write, cook, eat, and travel. Consequently, she spends a lot of time writing stories for children and cookbooks for adults. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and son.

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rsamet on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a great story with the elements of a folktale, about a Chinese New Year celebration that goes awry when the rice cake (nian-gao) comes to life and runs away from a hungry family, who decide to share it with a needy stranger, and are rewarded when their unselfish generosity rebounds back onto them. A great choice to introduce children ages 5-8 to the Chinese New Year celebration, it includes a page about traditional celebrations, and a recipe for the rice cake mentioned in the story. The only problem with the book is that there is not a lot of contrast between the text and the beige background, but the acrylic illustrations are simple yet expressive. Recommended for storytime, as the text lends itself to oral storytelling.