Stories from the Ancients: China

The Cricket's Cage: a Chinese folktale

By Stefan Czernecki (storyteller) and Cimon Ching (translator)

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Retells a Chinese folktale in which a clever and kindly cricket is responsible for designing the tower buildings for Beijing's "Forbidden City."
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The Magic Pillow

By Demi

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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.
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Tikki Tikki Tembo

By Arlene Mosel (storyteller) and Blair Lent (illustrator)

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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.
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Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China

By Joanna Cole

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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.
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Count Your Way through China

By James Haskins and Dennis Hockerman (illustrator)

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Presents the numbers one through ten in Chinese, using each number to introduce concepts about China and Chinese culture.
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"Loawnu Mends the Sky" by Vivienne Corringham from Tales for Telling from Around the World

By Mary Medlicott (selector) and Sue Williams (illustrator)

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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.
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"Sweet and Sour Berries" by storyteller Linda Fang from More Ready-To-Tell Tales from Around the World

By David Holt and Bill Mooney (editors)

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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.).
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The Beggar's Magic

By Magaret and Raymond Chang and David Johnson (illustrator)

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Retells an ancient Chinese tale of magic in which unselfishness is rewarded.
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The Donkey and the Rock

By Demi

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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.
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Just Rewards, or, Who Is That Man in the Moon & What's He Doing Up There Anyway?

By Steve Sanfield and Emily Lisker (illustrator)

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An original interpretation of a Chinese folktale which explains the presence of the man in the moon.
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