A Chinese proverb proclaims, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” These two entertaining books about the joys and tribulations of learning will be sure to inspire your kids to seek treasure!
written and illustrated by Stefan Czernecki
When Little Mouse meets aging master lantern-maker Old Chen in a small Chinese village, Little Mouse wants to become one too. But no matter how hard Little Mouse begs to be his apprentice, Old Chen will only say that he already has two. And yet Old Chen allows Little Mouse to sweep up the workshop. Eventually, through hard work and perseverance, Little Mouse learns the secrets of crafting beautiful lanterns and becomes Old Chen’s heir.
Conclusion: If your kids are having trouble in school, Stefan Czernecki’s charming picture book of an aspiring lantern-maker will inspire them to keep trying.
RMB 58 at Beijing Books
by Roald Dahl
illustrations by Quentin Blake
Even after twenty years, Roald Dahl’s classic tale of a smart young girl “with idiot parents” remains brilliantly entertaining. How Matilda manages to get revenge on her nasty headmistress, the Trunchbull, and save herself from a life of idiot adults is truly suspenseful. Dahl’s signature wordplay and wit is perfectly complemented by longtime illustrator Quentin Blake’s line drawings. A great chapter book for bedtime reading.
Conclusion: Misunderstood children in an annoying adult world will identify with the eponymous heroine’s plight.
RMB 110 at Beijing Books