Stories from the Ancients: China
Mary Medlicott (selector) and Sue Williams (illustrator)
When pieces of the sky fall down to the Earth, the worried children turn to local wise woman Loawnu to mend the sky. This story is one of the traditional tales from around the world in this collection of stories for telling or reading aloud.
"Sweet and Sour Berries" by storyteller Linda Fang from More Ready-To-Tell Tales from Around the World
David Holt and Bill Mooney (editors)
Robbed by highwaymen and desperate for food, Tsai Shun's determination, honesty and generosity help to turn his family's luck around. Set in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.).
Introduces the Chinese zodiac and relates how each of its twelve signs was named for an animal selected by the Jade Emperor.
James Haskins and Dennis Hockerman (illustrator)
Presents the numbers one through ten in Chinese, using each number to introduce concepts about China and Chinese culture.
Steve Sanfield and Emily Lisker (illustrator)
An original interpretation of a Chinese folktale which explains the presence of the man in the moon.
Ed Young (translator and illustrator)
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
Ms. Frizzle and her tour group are transported to China 1000 years in the past, where they learn how rice, tea and silk are grown and harvested, and visit the Emperor in the Forbidden City.
Magaret and Raymond Chang and David Johnson (illustrator)
Retells an ancient Chinese tale of magic in which unselfishness is rewarded.
Stefan Czernecki (storyteller) and Cimon Ching (translator)
Retells a Chinese folktale in which a clever and kindly cricket is responsible for designing the tower buildings for Beijing's "Forbidden City."
In this version of a tale with many Asian variations, a wise king, who rules a town full of foolish people in the mountains of Tibet, puts a donkey and a rock on trial to settle the dispute between two honest men.
A poor young boy in China yearns for wealth and power, until a magician gives him a magic pillow that brings dreams of what would happen if his wishes came true.
Arlene Mosel (storyteller) and Blair Lent (illustrator)
When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.