White Ravens: Republic of China (Taiwan)

10 books      

Special Mention - Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1993 - 18
Hao, Guang Cai (text)
Li, Han Weu (illus.)
Qi Chuang Le, Huang Di
(Get Up, Emperor)
Taibei: Xin Yi Gi Gin Chu Ban She, 1991. 43 p.
ISBN 962-240-609-2
picture book - folktale
A folktale retold In modern fashion, this book is about how a farmer boy helps an emperor get up early in the morning. The simple story line allows ample space for the lovely, handcrafted paper cuts of the creative illustrations which combine the traditional art of Chinese paper cutting and modern art techniques. - Due to the superb Illustrations, this book was awarded the first Xin Yi Children's Literature Prize. (5+)

Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1993 - 19
He, Zhen (reteller)
Li, Shao Wen (illus.)
Lian Hua Fu Ren
(Madame Lotus)
Taibei: Dong Hua Shu Jü Fta Tong Bu, 1989. 16 p.
(Duen Huang Gu Shi)
Buddhism - Sutra - lotus
There are many famous temples and wall paintings in Duen Huang, a very old and mysterious place in the northwestern Chinese desert. This elegant and classical picture book for both children and adults retells a Buddhist Sutra story about a girl, a Queen, 500 sons and seven circles of lotus flowers surrounding a house. The illustrations are copied from an old wall painting in Duen Huang. (8+)

Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1993 - 20
Xiao, Yia and family (text/illus.)
Xun Zhao Lü Shu Ai Pen
(Looking for a Dwarf on a Christmas Tree)
Taipei: Huang Guan Wen Xue Chu Ban You Xian Gong Si, 1991. 24 p.
ISBN 957-33-0587-9
image/reality - everyday life - childhood dreams
A fantasy-like essay with rich feelings and details. The reader is privy to family conversations about how children can make a smooth transition into adult society. The innocence of childhood is portrayed in a Christmas Eve dream. (12+)
(Winner of the Best Children's Book of Zhong)

Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1995 - 14
Li, T'ung (text)
Chang, Tze-ming (illus.)
Yin Ma-tzu
(The birthday of the goddess Matsu)
Taipei: Commission for the Promotion of Agriculture, 1993. [24] p.
ISBN 957-00-2775-4
China/Religion - Temple/Procession - Goddess/Sea - Patron saint/Pisher
The birthday of Matsu, the patron saint of the fishers and goddess of the seas, is celebrated at the temple and with a procession on the 23rd day of the third moon. When Hai-ji's father is asked to be a sedan carrier in the procession, Hai-ji goes back home to wait with his grandmother for the procession to pass by. Grandmother sends Hai-ji and his mother to the temple to look for the father, but the square is too full and they cannot find him among the sedan carriers. When the procession reaches their house, the father slips out of the costume of one of Matsu's guards, who according to legend can see everything for 1000 miles around. Hai-ji asks his father why he didn't see him son when he was looking for him earlier. The father laughs and they all begin to pray as the sedan carriers of the goddess reach their house. The energy present among the people during this ceremonial procession, which is portrayed in a fold-out panorama, is captured in the red color dominating this picture book. (5+)

Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1995 - 15
Liu, Po-lo (text/illus.)
Hei-pai Tz'un-chunag
(The black village and the white village)
Taipei: Hsin-yi Publications, 1994. [32] p.
ISBN 957-642-206-X
Equality - Appearances - Difference – Living Conditions
The people from Whiteside harvest plants from which flour is made, making the entire village and its inhabitants all white. The people in Blackfalls are quite different. The mine for coal and store coal everywhere in the village, making themselves black and dirty. Because of their different colors, they don't like each other. When the circus comes the people from Whiteside only cheer when white women and white horses perform; the inhabitants of Blackfalls cheer only for the black panthers. They are all terribly afraid that there might be a wedding one day between a Whitesider and Blackfallser, who would later have black-and-white children looking like zebras. Their animosity is resolved one day when it rains and their external differences are washed away; their true appearance becomes visible, making it clear that all people are alike underneath. This is a story with a moral, accompanied by interesting illustrations of everyday life in Taiwanese villages. (6+)

Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1995 - 16
P'u, Sung ling (text)
Chen, Guhang et al. (illus.)
Xie, Wanruo (transl.)
Lee, Kenneth (transl.)
Chang, Ching-wen (transl.)
Liao-tsai Chih-yi
(Strange stories from a Chinese studio)
Taipei: Han-kwang (Hilit), 1990; ; Beijin: Prospect Publishing House, 1990.. 224 p. With illustrations
(Chung-kuo Shih-ta ku-tien Wen-hsüeh Min- chu Hua-chi, 10; A pictorial series of ten greatest Chinese literature classics. Vol. 10)
(Bi-lingual text (English/Chinese))
ISBN 957-629-048-4
Short stories/Chinese - Human character
At the age of forty, P'u Sung-ling (1640-1715) began his writings of what in the end numbered 431 short stories. Legend has it that he set up a tea-stand on a street corner and offered passers-by tea for free if they would tell him a story. He was an ironic critic of his times, especially of the corrupt government service and the unjust legal system. He tried numerous times to pass the examination for the higher civil service, succeeding only at the age of 72. In these seven short stories the various sides of the human character and the virtues to be learned from ethereal spirits are portrayed. Seven contemporary Chinese artists have contributed authentic illustrations in Chinese style, making this volume interesting not only to the general public, but also to specialists. (14+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1996 - 20
Ceng, Yangqing (text)
Liu, Zonghui (illus.)
Yuanyuan de facai meng
(Yuanyuan's Dream of Getting Rich)
Taibei: Xinyi Jijin, 1994. [40] p.
ISBN 957-642-202-7
Wealth - Blindness - Friendship - Betrayal
Yuanyuan, the shepherd boy, dreams of becoming rich one day and marrying a princess. The enchanted chameleon in the old pagoda knows of his wish and shows him how he can make more from his money. He cheats his friends, the bird and the trees, and even gives his friend, the lily, to the princess to win her favor. But the princess spurns his advances. Blinded by his desire for wealth, he has thus lost everything. At last he awakens from his daydream. Marvellously delicate illustrations, which are easily accessible for the viewer, accompany this story and replicate the mood of each scene and its figures in subtle shadings of color. (7+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1996 - 21
Lin, Qingxuan (text)
Wu, Jianhua (illus.)
Wangzi he yizi
(The Prince and the Chairs)
Taibei: Xinyi Jijin, 1994. [28] p.
ISBN 957-642-207-8
Prince - Pride - Work
The spoiled prince never works, he won't even carry a chair into the garden when his fathers asks him to. He is much too high-born to lower himself in that way. But then he loses the kingdom and must learn to carry chairs and work hard. Tasteful illustrations transport the reader into an oriental fairy tale world. (5+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 1996 - 22
Wang, Lan (text)
Zhang, Zheming (illus.)
Da hua mao
(The Large Multicolored Cat)
Taibei: Genhua, 1992. [32] p.
ISBN 4-8288-1342-X
Cat - Respect - Empathy
The large multicolored cat is very hungry. Setting out to find something to eat, she encounters first two goldfish swimming in a bowl. They lament that if she were to eat one of them, the other would be sad and lonely. The cat accepts this and leaves them alone. Suddenly a little bird falls at her feet, but the parents beg her to spare the life of their child. The same again happens with the mice. Each time there is a good reason for the cat to give up her catch. Will she ever be able to still her hunger? This colorful picture book intends to show that it always pays off to respect the life of others and find other alternatives. (3+)

Republic of China (Taiwan) (Chinese) - 2004 - 20
Peng, Yi (text)
Cai, Jiyu (illus.)
Baba-guaishou Guaishou-Baba
(Father Monster, Monster Father)
Taibei : Xiaolu-Wenhua-Shiye-Gufen-Youxiangongsi, 2002. 91 p.
(Xiaolu-Ertong-Chengzhang-Xiaoshuo ; GF 13)
ISBN 957-8211-83-x
Father – Son – Death – Grief
On Shuihai’s sixth birthday, his mother receives the message that his father has died in an accident. The little boy is absolutely devastated and thinks about him all the time. One day, lonesome Shuihai finds a monster in his bathtub that bears a strong resemblance to his father because of the tender look in its eyes. Apart from that, the monster is fond of tickling Shuihai with its beard, one of Shuihai’s father’s favourite jokes. Last but not least, the creature enjoys singing a song while taking a shower – exactly like his father, the »bathtub singer«! Very skilfully, the author combines real and fantasy elements and expresses the boy’s grief and longing in comprehensible pictures. (8+)