The Story of Chopsticks

The Story of Chopsticks : Amazing Chinese Inventions

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"Like the hues in a stained glass window, [the illustrations] look brilliant...this well-designed book will please children in the primary grades."--ALA Booklist This series, recounting how the creative Kang brothers discovered four of China's famed inventions, is redesigned to feature new bilingual simplified Chinese translations. Wanting more to eat, Kuai is inspired to use sticks to grab food quickly while it's too hot for Ting and Pan. When his family attends a wedding banquet, Kuai brings his chopsticks... to everyone's great surprise! Compestine's charming tale deserves a place in the multicultural curriculum. Xuan's richly colored traditional Chinese cut paper illustrations lend authenticity." - Kirkus Reviews
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 229 x 287 x 15mm | 408g
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1597021202
  • 9781597021203
  • 45,897

Review quote

"When brothers Pan, Ting, and Kuai encounter a problem at school or home, they come up with simple, practical solutions that benefit generations to come.There are four fiction picture books in the Amazing Chinese Inventions series. Chinese translations appear beside the English text, and the stories are supplemented with activities such as recipes, crafts, and historical facts about kites, paper, chopsticks and noodles. The Kangs lived long ago and it's reflected in their traditional style of dress, pony tailed hairstyles, and community values. Thick, black lines outline the detail and shape of the illustrations. The dark lines make the solid colours pop and they add a serious, but thoughtful feel to the artwork."
- Resource Links "[The series Amazing Chinese Inventions provides] an important intervention into the existing literature by foregrounding Chinese characters as the main protagonists rather than as supporting or marginal characters in their narratives. Although these books take place in historical China, they do resist stereotypical representations by, for example, depicting Kuai and his brothers as ordinary kids who can misbehave like anyone else. Similarly, the books' representations of Chinese cultural practices, such as their food and customs, would not be particularly foreign to readers. Even for readers who may have limited knowledge of China, these books demystify these cultural references and make them more accessible to readers in various ways."
- CM magazine ""Bold and beautiful cut-paper design in bright colors resembling stained glass, instantly draws our attention." - In Culture Parent
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About Ying Chang Compestine

Ying Compestine: Ying's dozens of children's books have won many awards, including spots on the "best lists" from the ALA, Bank Street, Book Sense, and New York Times. She visits schools and teaches workshops internationally. She has written for magazines such as Cooking Light, Self, Men's Health, and Martha Stewart's Whole Living. Her website is YongSheng Xuan illustrated the four volume "Story of" series. Educated at the renowned Central Arts and Crafts University in Beijing, China, he lives in Vancouver, Canada. His art has exhibited worldwide and appeared in Cricket magazine. His website is
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Rating details

93 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 26% (24)
4 43% (40)
3 24% (22)
2 6% (6)
1 1% (1)
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