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Chinese Childrens Favorite Stories

Fables Myths and Fairy Tales

Mingmei Yip



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04 August 2020
Age range 5+

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

These beautifully illustrated tales will give children in other countries a glimpse into the traditions and culture of China, while emphasizing universal lessons about being kind and successfully overcoming obstacles. In this book, readers will encounter many delightful characters - from an angry dragon to a wise cow - in stories such as:

Dream of the Butterfly - a sweet story about accepting who you are and fully appreciating the world around you

Carp Jumping Over the Dragon Gate - a popular story about the rewards of hard work

Playing the Qin for the Water Buffalo - a musical tale that highlights empathy and understanding

And many more!
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 216mm, 
ISBN:   9780804851497
ISBN 10:   0804851492
Series:   Favorite Children's Stories
Pages:   80
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 10 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. For many years her paintings appeared regularly in Hong Kong exhibitions. She has also written daily columns for several newspapers as well as two volumes of short stories and essays, one of which was illustrated with her Zen paintings. Yip's painting has been praised not only for its striking colors and dynamic composition but also for making traditional Chinese motifs exciting and accessible to all ages. A one person show of her paintings of Guan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion, was held in New York City in Fall of 2002. Mingmei resides in New York.

Reviews for Chinese Childrens Favorite Stories: Fables Myths and Fairy Tales

Yip's writing is clear and accessible to children, and the bright pastel illustrations are appealing. An attractive addition for larger collections. -- School Library Journal 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

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