Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine

On Chinese New Year's Eve, Ming is sent by his parents to the market to trade the last few eggs for some rice to share with the neighbors. Along the way an old man stops Ming and offers to trade the eggs for a wok. At first Ming declines but when the wok starts singing, he decides to complete the trade. When he arrives home his parents are not pleased but soon the wok starts talking again and giving directions so the family does as they are told. The wok takes off and heads to the Li house, the richest family in Beijing. He continues to return to the Li family, bring back toys, food, decorations, fireworks, etc. The Li family is not happy and wants to destroy the wok. But they have to CATCH it first....I really enjoyed this new Chinese New Year book. I think kids will enjoy the "magic" of the wok. Another book purchase for our home library....good thing we bought a new bookcase!

Text: 4 Buckeye Leaves
Illustrations: 4 Buckeye leaves
Endpages: 2 Buckeye Leaves

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