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Magical Rooster: A Tale in English and Chinese

Li Jian Yijin Wert Li Jian



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01 November 2016
Animal stories (Children's&YA); Languages & ESL; Chinese - Children's Bilingual Books; Chinese - Children's Reader; Chinese - Languages
Age range 4 to 8 This beautifully illustrated multicultural children's book tells the story of a young boy and his magical rooster in both English and Chinese. Long long ago, there lived a boy named Tang Yun. He studied very hard and was ready to take the imperial exam in the Capital City thousands of miles away. Yun's mother was worried about him traveling alone. After working day and night, she finished hand embroidering a rooster on Yun's outfit, hoping the magical rooster would be her son's guardian angel. During his trip, magic happened whenever Yun was in danger. With a crowing of cock-a doodle-doo, the embroidered rooster jumped out of Yun's outfit. He was alive! He was brave, timely and kind. He helped Yun overcome many obstacles during his trip. Yun arrived at the Capital City safely and successfully passed his exam with honour. He eventually reunited with his mother. They lived happily together ever after.

The Magical Rooster tells the story of Tang Yun, who must travel a long way to the capital city to take the Imperial Exam. Distressed by the idea of her son traveling thousands of miles, his mother embroiders a rooster on her son's clothing to watch over him on his journey. Whenever he is in need, the rooster comes to life and protects him. The story is beautifully told and illustrated and reflects Chinese culture and style, with the text written in both English and Chinese. Intended for children ages four to eight, it will be appreciated by all ages.

- Foreword Magazine
By:   Li Jian
Illustrated by:   Li Jian
Translated by:   Yijin Wert
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 235mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   397g
ISBN:   9781602209954
ISBN 10:   1602209952
Series:   Stories Of The Chinese Zodiac
Pages:   42
Publication Date:   01 November 2016
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, 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, Genghis Khan, the Brave Warrior Who Bridged East and West, and The Magical Rooster.

Reviews for Magical Rooster: A Tale in English and Chinese

Li uses muted shades of blue, gray, and tan for his modest paintings; in a lovely touch, the images of the rooster are actually embroidered. Details about the rooster, the 10th sign of the Chinese zodiac, round out this quiet, fable-like tale. --<b><i>Publishers Weekly</i></b>

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