A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. In this month’s Book Report, children can step into the rich world of two Chinese folktales and embark on their own journeys of the imagination.
The Weaving of a Dream
(for ages 4-8)
written and illustrated by Marilee Heyer
For three years, an elderly woman literally puts blood, sweat and tears into weaving a beautiful brocade, and it is so beautiful and complex that when she finally completes it, fairies steal it away. On her deathbed, she sends her three sons in turn to fetch it back, but only her youngest, most honest son is up to the arduous task. With gorgeous illustrations as beautiful as the brocade itself, kids will hold their breath to find out what happens in this tale.
Conclusion: Stunning illustrations and a compelling story will fascinate young readers
RMB 58 at the Lufthansa Center Foreign Languages Bookstore
Magic Tree House: Day of the Dragon King
(for ages 9-12)
written by Mary Pope Osbourne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
In this 14th title in the popular Magic Tree House series, Jack and Annie are two kids who travel through time wielding magic library cards. Landing in the era of China’s first emperor to save a priceless scroll before the entire imperial library is burned, our hero and heroine’s travels bring them to the origins of a Chinese folktale: the terracotta warriors and the Dragon King himself! Detailed illustrations bring the Dragon King to life with scenes of street life and interesting costumes. While its authenticity is questionable, Day of the Dragon King is a fun and lighthearted look at the world of the first emperor.
Conclusion: History buffs and fantasy fiends will enjoy this fast-paced romp through ancient China.
RMB 33 at the Lufthansa Center Foreign Languages Bookstore