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Cang Jie: The Inventor of Chinese Characters: A Story in English and Chinese

Li Jian Yijin Wert Li Jian



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01 April 2016
Reference works (Children's&YA); Languages & ESL; Chinese - Cultural Material; Writing Skills; Chinese - Children's Bilingual Books; Chinese - Writing Skills; Chinese - Languages
In ancient times under the reign of Yellow Emperor (about 2500 B.C.), people kept records by piling stones and tying knots. One day, Cang Jie, a historical official who tied knots to keep records under Yellow Emperor, unexpectedly made a big mistake. Feeling very guilty, he was determined to find out a better way for keeping records. He went back to his hometown to think it over for many days and nights. Inspired by the footprints of animals, he began to carefully observe the sun, moon, stars, mountains, rivers, lakes, seas, as well as birds and animals. At the same time, he traveled around collecting signs created by fishermen, farmers, hunters and soldiers. In the end, he succeeded in creating Chinese characters, which are still widely used today. In this multicultural children's story, kids will find out that there is a story behind every Chinese character. Children will also learn about basic Chinese characters and how to make them.
By:   Li Jian
Illustrated by:   Li Jian
Translated by:   Yijin Wert
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 235mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   369g
ISBN:   9781602209947
ISBN 10:   1602209944
Pages:   42
Publication Date:   01 April 2016
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Language:   Chinese
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Li Jian graduated from Hebei Normal University in 2001, majoring in Chinese painting. Formerly a middle school art teacher, editor for children's books, and partner in an illustration studio, he currently owns his own illustration studio focusing on children's fairy tales. He has also published The Water Dragon, The Little Monkey King's Journey, The Snake Goddess Colors the World, Ming's Adventure with the Terracotta Army, The Horse and the Mysterious Drawing, Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City and Mulan: Retold in Chinese and English, Ming's Adventure with Confucius in Qufu, Zheng He, the Great Chinese Explorer, Ming's Kung Fu Adventure in the Shaolin Temple, and Genghis Khan, the Brave Warrior Who Bridged East and West.

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