White Ravens: Republic of China

52 books      

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1993 - 13
Chen, Dan yan (text)
Huang, Ying Hao (illus.)
Xia Gei Nü Hai De Si Ren Wang Shi
(Stories of the Past Written for Girls)
He Fei: An Huei Wen Yi Chu Ban She, 1991. 235 p.
ISBN 7-5396-0524-311
essays - city life - Chinese Cultural Revolution - young women
The author of this book grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution when books were burned and some people disappeared, never to return. Even amidst the difficulties in her life at that time, she still found beautiful things to appreciate and has presented some of those early experiences in story form. These are a teenage girl's stories about her feelings. (12+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1993 - 14
Han, Huei Guang
Xiao Yuan Xi Jü
(School Comedy)
Wu Han: Hu Bei Shao Nian Re Tong Chu Ben Shu, 1991. 361 p.
ISBN 7-5353-0960-8
humor - school life - children - teacher - parents
One legacy of China's very long history past is that children have been regarded as the property of adults, having to follow the dictates of their parents. While some things are different now, the situation of young people in some places is still old-fashioned. The author of this book recognizes that contemporary young people form their opinions from what they see around them. Some characters in the book are portrayed as more mature, brighter and more open than in past books. Several of these stories, written or collected by a language teacher in a high school near Wu Han, a large city in the center of China, have won the Chinese Children's Literature Prize. (10+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1993 - 15
Jia, Ying (text)
Zhou, Xiang (illus.)
Ni A Fu
(A Fu Doll)
Beijing: Zhong Gno Shao Nian Re Tong Chu Ben Shu, 1990. 20 p.
(J 426)
ISBN 7-5007-1055-0
folktale - village - disaster - boy - adults - toys
A picture book about gratefulness, sadness and remembering. A brave boy rescues farmers from the wolves, however he is unable to save them from another catastrophe: the local authorities. The pictures in the book show typical northern Chinese landscapes, where the story is set. (8+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 1993 - 16
Liou, Jian Ping
Jin Nian Ni Qi Suei
(You Are Seven Years Old Now)
Beijing: Zhong Guo Shao Nian Re Tong Chu Ban She, 1990. 227 p.
ISBN 7-5007-0814-9
father's diary - everyday life - parents - only child - society
This book is one of the first Chinese novels to portray the life of a only child. Chinese children today grow up in a world surrounded by adults: they have no brothers or sisters, they are thought to be lonely, proud and self-centered. The novel is crafted in the form of a monologue, a father's diary, dealing with feelings of affection and confusion. - In the book, the author is attempting to redefine the adult-child relationship. The book deals with such an important topic that it has already been translated into Japanese. (10+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1993 - 17
Ning Xia Ren Min Chu Ban She (ed.)
Shao Nan Shao Nü Xin Li Xiao Shuo Ji
(A Collection of Teenage Concerns)
A Yin Chuan: Ning Xia Ren Min Chu Ban She, 1987. 159 p.
(Teenage Problem Studying Series)
ISBN 7-227-00014-1 (ed.)
Fiction - loneliness - rebel - dreams
Young Chinese are growing up in an old country Collection of Teenage Concerns) with old cultural traditions. In contrast to the older generation, they are dreaming different dreams, they are rebelling against almost everything. They want a new life. The stories in this book vary from the typical, traditional Chinese literature for children and young people: each one focuses on teenage problems - some from the adult perspective and some from the view of the teenagers themselves. This approach is ground-breaking since the feelings of Chinese young people have largely been ignored pre each reflects a true-to-life situation. (12+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 11
Fei, Shu Fen (text)
Zhu, Wei Xian (text)
Zhou, Shiang (illus.)
Don Zhi De Mong
(The Dream of the Winter Solstice)
Hang Zhou: Zhe Jiang Shao Nian Re Tong Chu Ban She, 1989. 46 p.
(Jiang Nan Feng Qin Re Tong Xi Lie San Wen Cong Shu)
ISBN 7-5342-0514-X
Winter Solstice - Family - Celebration/China - Small Town
The winter solstice has been a popular holiday from ancient times until today. On this day, people eat a special meal with the entire family and close relatives. Grandparents tell holiday stories to children, gathered around the fire in their warm and dark kitchens. Both authors come from small towns in eastern China and reminisce about this day with nostalgia. (10+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 12
Gong, Ze Hua (text)
Tu, Zai Hua (text)
Jin, Ya Zi (illus.)
Zhu Lin Qing Qing
(Green Bamboo Forest)
Hang Zhou: Zhe Jiang Shan Man Re Tong Chit Ban She, 1989. 39 p.
(Jiang Nan Feng Qin Re Tong Xi Lie San Wen Cong Shu)
ISBN 7-5342-0478-X
China (East) - Popular Culture – Everyday Life
In eastern China there are many small old towns and villages, narrow rivers and lakes. Life there was once peaceful and simple, imbued with traditional Chinese culture. In this series, the authors attempt to encourage an appreciation of this former way of life and feeling among the youth of today, who have lost or are losing touch with it. The "Green Bamboo Forest" is an attractive book of local-style paintings, which shows everyday life as it was in the past. "Gentle Songs" captures children's activities in former times in colorful paintings. (9+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 13
Gong, Ze Hua (text)
Tu, Zai Hua (text)
Huang, Fa Bang (illus.)
Wen Xin De Ge
(Gentle Songs)
Hang Zhou: Zhe Jiang Shao Man Re Tong Chu Ban She, 1989. 29 p.
(Jiang Nan Feng Qin Re Tong Xi Lie San Wen Cong Shu)
ISBN 7-5342-0479-8
China (East) - Popular Culture - Children's Play
In eastern China there are many small old towns and villages, narrow rivers and lakes. Life there was once peaceful and simple, imbued with traditional Chinese culture. In this series, the authors attempt to encourage an appreciation of this former way of life and feeling among the youth of today, who have lost or are losing touch with it. The "Green Bamboo Forest" is an attractive book of local-style paintings, which shows everyday life as it was in the past. "Gentle Songs" captures children's activities in former times in colorful paintings. (9+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 14
Jai, Ving (text)
Li, Heng Chen (illus.)
Hua Du Don
(Flower Sunshirt)
Beijing: Thong Guo Shao Nian Re Tong Chu Ban She, 1990. 20 p.
ISBN 7-5007-1054-2
Folktale/China - China/Clothing- Imagination
Even now in smaller towns or villages of China, children sometimes wear a special kind of clothing in summer called the flower sunshirt. It is said to have gotten this name from a kind and powerful snake who lost its life while helping a child. The story is beautiful but ends sadly, as all Chinese folktales must do. (7+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 15
Shen, Hu Gen (text)
Zhu, Bin Wen (text)
Wu, Ji De (illus.)
Mei Zi Yü
(Plum Rains)
Hang Zhou: Zhu Jiang Shao Nian Re Tong Chu Ban She, 1989. 36 p.
(Jiang Nan Feng Qin Re Tong Xi Lie San Wen Cong Shu)
ISBN 7-5342-0480-1
China (East) - Spring - Rain – Everyday Life
In springtime in eastern China it frequently rains. This is the time which people there call the "plum rains", when everything becomes green - the most beautiful time of the year. This book gives a charming view of this season and stories from the local area. The illustrations include pictures which won a provincial art prize. (8+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 16
Deng, Mei Zhen (reteller)
Zhang, Shi Ming (illus.)
Lao Shan Dao Shi - Wang Lion Lang - Wan Xia - Shi Chi - Yü Qian
(Monk on Lao Shan - Mr. Wang - Evening Sunlight - Stone Lover - Coins Rain)
Taibei: Xin Yi Ji Jin Chu Ban She, 1991. 21 p. each
ISBN 957-642-042-3 (collected vols.)
China - Ghost - Wisdom
Ghosts love people, they help them to get what they want and teach them what they ought to do. According to an old Chinese saying "ghosts have a better conscience than human beings." (8+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 17
Xiao, Yie (text/illus.)
Li, Gin and his family (illus.)
Xin Qing Fa Shu
(Feeling Makes a Tree)
Taibei: Huang Guan Wen Xue Chu Ban You Xian Gong Si, 1991. 24 p.
ISBN 957-33-0698-0
Taiwan - Environmental Consciousness -Nature/Civilization
Set against the background of the new Taiwan - richer, more developed, more crowded, less undisturbed nature - this story was conceived by the family of the author's brother in order to describe their living conditions and life maxims - especially the need to treasure nature and encourage human sensibilities which unite rather than divide. (12+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 18
Xin, Hua (reteller)
Lu, Ju De (illus.)
Jia Zi Jiou Lu
(Jia Zi Saves a Deer)
Taibei: Dong Hua Shu Jü Re Tong Bu, 1989. 16 p.
(Duen Huang Gu Shi)
China - Buddhismus - Man/Animal – Wall Painting/Duen Huang - Deer

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1994 - 19
Yie, Ying Feng (reteller)
Yu, Li (illus.)
Da Yi Tao Hai
(Da Zi Dries the Sea)
Taibei: Dong Hua Shu Jü Ke Tong Bu, 1989. 16 p.
(Duen Huang Gu Shi)
China - Buddhismus - Man/Animal – Wall Painting/Duen Huang - Dragon
There are many famous temples and wall paintings in Duen Huang, a very old and mysterious place in the northwest desert of China. These books present the background of Buddhism with classical Chinese paintings in the ancient style from that area. "Jia Zi Saves a Deer", the classic story of a boy hunting a deer contains the essential lesson of Buddhism - do not cause harm to any living thing around you. "Da Zi Dried the Sea" tells the story of a boy who dried the sea for the dragon king who hid his pearls under the water, conveying another essential lesson - keep your spirit strong. (8+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 17 (1)
Gu, Jun (adapt.)
Tang, Yongli (illus.)
Caihui ben zhongguo minjian gushi: Hasake zu
(Colored treasury of folktales from China: The Kazakh people)
Hangzhou: Zhejiang-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1990. 45 p.
ISBN 7-5342-0786-x
China/Folktales/Legends - Kazakh - Daghur - Yao
In this extensive series, of which three examples have been selected here, folktales from the various regions of multiethnic China are represented. Each volume contains two richly illustrated stories from one ethnic group. Each volume is illustrated by a different artist. The traditional Chinese style of illustration art predominates, but some artists give their work individual touches, thus creating a new approach to the subject. In the appendix of each volume one finds additional information and pictures and photos which give further details about the ethnic group, especially their traditional manner of dress. (10+) ☆

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 17 (2)
Ruo, Wen (adapt.)
Caihui ben zhongguo minjian gushi: Dawo'er zu
(Colored treasury of folktales from China: The Daghur people)
Hangzhou: Zhejiang-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1990. 45 p.
ISBN 7-5342-0780-0
China/Folktales/Legends - Kazakh - Daghur - Yao
In this extensive series, of which three examples have been selected here, folktales from the various regions of multiethnic China are represented. Each volume contains two richly illustrated stories from one ethnic group. Each volume is illustrated by a different artist. The traditional Chinese style of illustration art predominates, but some artists give their work individual touches, thus creating a new approach to the subject. In the appendix of each volume one finds additional information and pictures and photos which give further details about the ethnic group, especially their traditional manner of dress. (10+) ☆

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 17 (3)
Yi, Chuan (adapt.)
Hu, Shourong (illus.)
Hu, Junrong (illus.)
Caihui ben zhongguo minjian gushi: Yao zu
(Colored treasury of folktales from China: The Yao people)
Hangzhou: Zhejiang-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1990. 45 p.
ISBN 7-5342-0783-5
China/Folktales/Legends - Kazakh - Daghur - Yao
In this extensive series, of which three examples have been selected here, folktales from the various regions of multiethnic China are represented. Each volume contains two richly illustrated stories from one ethnic group. Each volume is illustrated by a different artist. The traditional Chinese style of illustration art predominates, but some artists give their work individual touches, thus creating a new approach to the subject. In the appendix of each volume one finds additional information and pictures and photos which give further details about the ethnic group, especially their traditional manner of dress. (10+) ☆

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 18 (1)
Cao, Yuzhang (Editor in chief)
Lu, Zhui (adapt.)
Liu, Jian (illus.)
Zhongguo chuatong wenhua gushi huicui. 2. Zhengyi de weiyi. Jiecao pian
(Collection of stories from the traditional culture of China. 2. The dignity of justice. A book of moral integrety)
Hangzhou: Zhejiang-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1994. 72 p.
ISBN 7-5338-1404-5
China/Traditional stories - Justice - Virtue - Art
This ten-volume series, with its lovely design in square format, is a collection of stories from the traditonal culture of China. Usually each doublepage spread includes one story and, on the facing page, a colored illustration. Each volume is illustrated by a different artist. As in the series above (cat. no. 17), the pictures employ the traditional Chinese illustration art. The colored backgrounds call to mind fine paper. The occasional use of stamps (seals) and Chinese characters, vertical formats, rounded edges and the stylistic reduction of figures, plants and landscapes lend these books their visual approach. (10+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 18 (2)
Cao, Yuzhang (Editor in chief)
Chen, Yongyao (adapt.)
Wu, Shanming (illus.)
Zhongguo chuatong wenhua gushi huicui. 4. Chengcai de zuji. Chengcai pian
(Collection of stories from the traditional culture of China. 4. Footsteps of virtous development. The book of virtue)
Hangzhou: Zhejiang-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1994. 82 p.
ISBN 7-5338-1398-7
China/Traditional stories - Justice - Virtue - Art
This ten-volume series, with its lovely design in square format, is a collection of stories from the traditonal culture of China. Usually each doublepage spread includes one story and, on the facing page, a colored illustration. Each volume is illustrated by a different artist. As in the series above (cat. no. 17), the pictures employ the traditional Chinese illustration art. The colored backgrounds call to mind fine paper. The occasional use of stamps (seals) and Chinese characters, vertical formats, rounded edges and the stylistic reduction of figures, plants and landscapes lend these books their visual approach. (10+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 18 (3)
Cao, Yuzhang (Editor in chief)
Chen, Bei (adapt.)
Zeng, Chao (adapt.)
Wu, Sheng (illus.)
Zhongguo chuatong wenhua gushi huicui. 1. Yishu de fengcai. Yishu pian
(Collection of stories from the traditional culture of China. 1. The charms of art. A book of art.)
Hangzhou: Zhejiang-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1994. 77 p.
ISBN 7-5338-1400-2
China/Traditional stories - Justice - Virtue - Art
This ten-volume series, with its lovely design in square format, is a collection of stories from the traditonal culture of China. Usually each doublepage spread includes one story and, on the facing page, a colored illustration. Each volume is illustrated by a different artist. As in the series above (cat. no. 17), the pictures employ the traditional Chinese illustration art. The colored backgrounds call to mind fine paper. The occasional use of stamps (seals) and Chinese characters, vertical formats, rounded edges and the stylistic reduction of figures, plants and landscapes lend these books their visual approach. (10+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 19
Guan, Jiaqi
Zhenzhu naicha de youhuo
(The lure of the girl shaking ice tea)
Taibei: Youshi (Youth Cultural Publishing), 1995. 199 p.
ISBN 957-530-723-2
China/Short stories - Love - Romance - Sexual love -Adolescence
In these 16 stories the author depicts the feelings and experiences of modern teenagers in Taiwan - their sexual fantasies, friendships, first romance, anxieties, etc. In one story a boy watches a young girl shaking ice tea, her movement emphasizing her young, sensual figure. That night she becomes a pin-up girl in his dreams and his bedding is stained in the morning. He realizes that he is becoming a young man. He begins to buy a cup of tea each day, just to watch her shaking the ice tea. (13+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 20
Lin, Haiyin (text)
Guan, Weixing (illus.)
Cheng nan jiu shi 1-3: Huianguan de Xiaoguizi - Women kan hai qu. Lan Yiniang - Lü dagun'r. Baba de huar luole
(Xiaoguizi of Huianguan: We are going to the sea - The conkubine Lan - The donkey tosses and turns. Father's flowers are drooping)
Taibei: Gelin Wenjua (Grimm Press), 1994. Each 64 p.
ISBN 957-754-023-7 (-024-5/-024-3/026-1)
China/Short stories
In these beautifully drawn and well-told picture books, a six-year old narrator tells about people she met during her childhood in Beijing: a lunatic woman looking for her lover and her deserted baby, an orphaned girl forced by her foster father to earn money by singing, a thief who steals for his brother's sake. Each tale is an excellent characterization of human nature. The stories have been classics for adults and young people for many years in Taiwan. This picture book edition has excellent portrayals of people, well-researched attention to details of clothing and tools, and meticulous use of light and space to create perfect harmony with the text. (11+) ☆

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 21
Sun, Qingfeng (text)
Zhao, Guozong (illus.)
Shei chi le caihong?
(Who ate the rainbow?)
Taibei: Xinyi Jijin Chubanshe (Hsing-I Foundation), 1995. [20] p.
ISBN 957-642-204-3
Rainbow - Transformation
Wonderous things happen to the animals and the tree that come into contact with the rainbow. When Uh-oh, the rainbow is cut in half by a kite string, it is eaten by a big fish, which is in turn eaten by a duck, which lays a rainbow egg. The snake eats the egg and acquires rainbow colors. When it touches a withered tree, the tree is immediately restored to life and even bears rainbow fruit. This simple, imaginative tale is accompanied by beautiful illustrations done initially on ceramic surfaces. (5+) ☼

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 22
Xai, Ruihong
Ashima de huisheng
(Ashima's echo)
Taibei: Shibao Wenhua (China Times Publishing), 1995. 149 p.
ISBN 957-13-1709-8
Marriage - Escape - Wizard - Echo
Based on a famous narrative poem found among the Sa-Ni peoples of Yunnan in southern China, this young adult novel tells the story of a beautiful young girl who is courted by many young men. When she turns down the landlord's only son, the landlord kidnaps her, but before the marriage can take place she is rescued by her brother. Angry and insulted, the landlord has a wizard invoke a storm which causes Ah-Shih-Ma to be lost in the mountains. When her brother and the villagers search for her and call her name, they hear nothing but an echo. This vividly descriptive narrative blends traditional poetry with modern language in an exquisitely designed volume. (11+) ☆

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 1997 - 23
Xia, Zuli
Haijiao Tianya chiziqing
(The feeling of newborns on the other side of the world)
Taibei: Minshengbao (Min Sheng Daily), 1995. 185 p.
ISBN 957-8932-48-0
Parent/Child - Separation - Loneliness
During his summer holidays, 13-year-old Vi-Shin goes to San Francisco to study. His uncle's family treats him like a lodger. He senses the separation from his family, living in a country he knew only from movies and television. More and more Taiwanese parents are sending their children abroad, where they lead the lives of semi-orphans. Mean-while their parents must work very hard to afford this. Both sides wonder at times whether it is worth all the disadvantages. The implications of this practice are told in six realistic short stories. (10+) ☆

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1998 - 17
Lai, Ma (text/illus.)
Wo biancheng yi zhi pen huo long le!
(I am a fiery dragon!)
Taibei: Guoyu Ribao (Kuo Yu Daily Newspaper), 1996. [24] p.
ISBN 957-751-164-3
Dragon - Fire - Tears
Bo-Tai is a mosquito who likes to sting irritable people and animals, infecting them a »firespewing disease«. One day he stings the sleeping dragon Ah Ku Li, who awakens and spews flames, turning his possessions, including his teddy bear and his food, to charcoal and nearly destroying his home. After he burns his neighbors and friends, no one else will come near him. Nothing he tries will extinguish the fire - a pool of water, a fire extinguisher, a refrigerator. Hungry and sad, he cries and his tears finally do what seemed impossible. Ah Ku Li laughs, knowing at last that tears and laughter are the best cure for his »disease.« (5+) ☼

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1998 - 18
Li, Tong
Shaonian Iongchuandui
(Youth. The dragonboat crew)
Taibei: Tianwei (Trump Publishing Company), 1993. 190 p.
ISBN 957-8557-44-2
Taiwan - Festival - Quarrel
Every two years a dragon-boat competition between the upper and the lower villages is held on Double Dragon River. But when the eldest grandfathers of each village have a quarrel, it is cancelled. Believing that the dragon-god will appear on the first evening of the Lantern Festival, four teenagers sneak into the dragon-boat dockyard and discover Grandfather Huo-Jen, too proud to take back his angry words, praying to the dragongod that the boat competition be reinstated. This humorous story reveals much of Taiwanese customs and the bonds of the villagers to their country. (10+) ☆

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1999 - 17
He, Qunying (= Ho, Chun-yin)
Gerlong'er wang zhuanji
(The biography of King Gelong'er)
Taibei: Shibao Wenhua (China Times Publishing), 1995. 246 p.
(Da shishi ; 6)
ISBN 957-13-1527-3
Tibet - King - Heroic epic - Power of love
The epic tale of King Gelong'er (Gesar), one of Tibet's literary treasures, is re-told here for the first time for young adult readers. Originally a god, Gesar was sent to Tibet to save the people from their sufferings due to war and poverty. Married at a young age to the most beautiful woman in Tibet, King Gesar later left his country to fight a nineheaded monster in the north and fell under the love spell of the monster's sister. In his absence Tibet was invaded by a neighboring king, and Gesar's wife used her tears to break the spell and bring Gesar back to Tibet. This edition was well-received both in the Republic or China and in the People's Republic of China. (12+) ☆

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1999 - 18
Lai, Ma (text/illus.)
Wo han wojia fujin de yegoumen
(The stray dogs around my house)
Taibei: Xinyi Jijin Chubanshe (Hsin-Yi Publications), 1997. 36 p.
ISBN 957-642-439-9
Dog - Pet - Responsibility - Animal love
With the increasing prosperity in Taiwan more and more people have begun to keep dogs as pets. But unfortunately some pet owners sometimes desert their no-longer loved dogs and this has led to a problem of stray dogs all over the island. Fearing these biting dogs, the main character of this picture book must wear a disguise or make a detour in order to reach school safely. Yet despite his fears, he feels sorry for the poor dogs and would like to adopt one himself. But he comes to accept that this is impossible. The author gives a lively description of the boy's conflict between fear and affection for the street dogs, opening up a topic for discussion between parents and children. The illustrations reflect the experiences of children in Taiwan. (6+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 1999 - 19
Liu, Yanli (= Liu, Yen-li) (text)
Hong, Yian (= Hung, Yih-nan) (illus.)
Fang lang de haizi
(The child who herded wolves)
Taibei: Guoyu Ribao (Kuo yu Daily Newspaper), 1996. 73 p.
ISBN 957-751-181-3
Wolf/Man - Deceit - Trickery - Greed - Gullibility
Ah-pu, a boy who herded wolves, was banned for his transgressions and went to live with the wolves. Threatened by a massive hunting campaign, the wolves convinced Ah-pu to appeal to the human community for mercy, but the men ignored him and called him a liar. Only the wolves' offer of gold moved the men to negotiate a truce. They cunningly gave the wolves red hats and guns in return for their gold. The wolves grew merry and careless, not knowing that the guns were fake, the hats a target. Once the greedy men discovered the gold mines, they annihilated the unsuspecting wolves and seized their gold. Only Ah-pu survived by hiding in the crevice of tree, crying his heart out in sadness. (10+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 1999 - 20
Zhou, Hui-zhu (= Chou, Hui-chu) (reteller)
Lin, Hong-yao (= Lin, Hung-yao) (illus.)
Lehunle tou. Meinaodai de Afu
(Silly With Joi. Foolish Ah Fu)
Taibei: Fuguang Chubanshe (Fokuang Publishing), 1995. [33] p.
(Baiyujing Tuhuashu ; 20)
ISBN 957-543-384-X
China - Buddhism - Sutra/Adaptation - Passion - Discipline
The two stories in this picture book have been taken from the Buddhist book of »The Illustrated Sutra of the One Hundred Parables« and retold for children. In the first story a foolish man has cooked a sweet syrup for his guest and tries to cool it off with a fan although the fire is still burning under the pot. The lesson is that a person who cannot tame the fire of his passions, will not find peace and enlightenment. The second story is about a man who prepares fire and water in the evening in order to cook dumplings, only to find the fire extin- guished and the water evaporated the next morning. This teaches that a person who cannot give up worldly pleasures will always be tormented by them. The vivid narrative style relays the spirit of the original text in a clear and simple form. The pictures by the prize-winning illustrator are done with fine contours and gentle colors, which resemble paintings from the Tang Dynasty, making these Buddhist teachings pleasurably accessible. (7+) ☆

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2000 - 15
Ban, Ma
Wushi-de-chenchuan
(The sunken ship of the wizard)
Jiangxi: 21-Shiji-Chubanshe, 1998. 5, 5, 171 p.
(Dahuanxiang-wenxue : Zhongguo-xiaoshuo)
ISBN 7-5391-1323-5
Ancient prince - Qiang - Ship
Two thousand years ago a prince of the Qiang - an ancient tribe in western China - produces a large, many layered ship from a magic tree and calmly sinks it in the Three at the river bend in the unpopulated middle reaches of Yangtze River. 2000 years later the ship is discovered by a little girl called Hong and her cormorant. Laomu, a »psychologist « of the ancient and an expert in uncovering mysteries using emotional wisdom instead of mental knowledge and high-technology, befriends Hong and her cormorant and learns that they, as former servants of the prince, can travel back and forth in time. The ship is the soul of the prince, a wizard who has been sleeping under the river for 2000 years, and hence the proof that this ancient dynasty Qiang really existed. The story combines legends and historical facts perfectly and draws readers to a fantastic world which is full of poetic atmosphere, and sparks the imagination with unresolved mysteries. (12+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2000 - 16
Bing, Bo (text)
Zhou, Xiang (illus.)
Xiaoqingchong-de-meng
(The caterpillar's dream)
Hunan: Hunan-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe [et al.], 1997. [40] p.
(Heiyanjing-congshu)
ISBN 7-5358-0959-6
Caterpillar - Music - Dream - Butterfly
An ugly caterpillar loves music and likes listening to the cricket's singing. The cricket always drives her away because the music is beautiful but the caterpillar is ugly. The caterpillar is so sad that she hides in a cocoon. She falls asleep while listening to the music and has a wonderful dream. When she wakes up she finds herself turned into a beautiful butterfly and her wings are full of pictures of the moon and stars. The cricket is enchanted by this fairy-like maiden. This is an »ugly duckling« story with a poetic narrative and dreamlike pastel illustrations against a delicate translucent blue background. (6+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2000 - 17
Shen, Shixi (text)
Xiao, Aozi (illus.)
Honghuli
(Red fox)
Jiangsu: Jiangsu-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1998. [24] p.
(You'er-wenxue-xinzuo-huaku)
ISBN 7-5346-1949-1
Fox - Hunter - Greed - Revenge
A hunter catches a small red fox about two weeks old and puts it in a cage. In the evening mother fox comes to rescue her child but the cage is too solidly made. On the second day the mother fox sends a colorful pheasant to the hunter as an exchange - and again the third day. But the hunter keeps the baby fox as a ready source of income and adds one more lock to the cage. On the fourth day the hunter finds a dead mouse near the cage; on the fifth his roof has a hole; on the sixth all the hunter's cocks have lost their neck feathers. At last the hunter sets the baby fox free. This humorous story criticizes human greed and appreciates the wisdom of animals. This is a recurrent theme of the most important animal-story writer in China. (6+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2000 - 18
Ye, Shengtao (text)
Xu, Dungu (illus.)
Daocaoren
(The scarecrow)
Hebei: Huashan-Wenyi-Chubanshe, 1997. 171 p.
(Zhongguo-ertong-wenxue-mingjia-jingpinwenku)
ISBN 7-80611-536-6
Scarecrow - Metaphor - Intelligentsia
This is the first collection of 23 short stories which were written especially for children in China and first published in 1923. The most well-known - »Daocaoren« (The scarecrow) - describes a scarecrow standing in the field. He sees many tragic and unjust things happening around him and is pained because he can not do anything to change society. The scarecrow is regarded as a symbol of Chinese intellectuals in the 1920s. Though it also contains some beautiful romantic stories, this book was controversial. It was out-of-print for a long time, but the author revised it in 1986, when he was 92 years old, and finally included the stories in a compilation of his complete works. This reprint edition includes illustrations from the 1923 edition. (7+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2000 - 19
Meng, Haoyan [et al.] (comp.)
Xiao Yu [et al.] (illus.)
Chuchu-wentiniao. Gei-haizi-de-100-shou-gushi
(Birds singing everywhere. 100 Chinese classic poems collected for children)
Taibei: Xinyi-Jijin-Chubanshe, 1997. 116 p. (With 2 CDs and playing cards)
ISBN 957-642-388-0
Poetry/Chinese
This volume of poetry is part of a set which includes two picture books (the companion book is called »Fish playing among lotus leaves«), three CDs that demonstrate the ways of singing classic poetry, and one »Guide and games« book. The compilers have consciously chosen three kinds of poems - pictorial poems, poems describing common human feelings and poems about children's everyday life - and provide after each a readable essay explaining its meaning. Each is accompanied by a striking ink-and-wash illustration. The publisher introduces splendid Chinese traditional arts to the young readers with modern multimedia. And the whole set of books strives to fulfill the Chinese saying: »Pictures in the poems and poetry in the paintings.« (6+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2000 - 20
Cao, Junyan (text/illus.)
Jiabeidai
(The doubling bag)
Taibei: Xinyi-Jijin-Chubanshe, 1998. 27 p.
(Cao-Junyan-chuangyi-tuhuashu)
ISBN 957-642-465-8
Greed - Cloning
The colorful doubling bag is a great treasure since it can make a duplicate of anything one puts in it. A greedy person steals this cloth-bag and gets into it. Behold! Two gluttons come out and they immediately begin fighting over the magic bag. The author has a gift for rendering his philosophy of life into simple but interesting stories. He uses different illustration techniques in each book. The stylized figures of this book resemble shadow-puppets and paper cuttings, traditional Chinese forms of art, so that the characters look stiff but appealing. In a note he explains that he wants to give children a wider visual and aesthetic experience. (6+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2001 - 19
Jin, Bo (text)
Tao, Wenjie (illus.)
Tituotituo-xiaohongxie
(The red shoes)
Hunan : Hainan-Chubanshe, 1994. [44] p.
ISBN 7-80617-111-8
Shoe - Lost/Found - Assistance - Friendship
Pudgy loses one of his red shoes without noticing it. The red shoe cries and wants to find his best friend – the other red shoe. Grandpa takes it back home and promises the red shoe to look for his friend. The next day, a whole trail of people and animals follows the red shoe down the street because they all want to help. More and more people join this parade until they come upon another group led by the other shoe in a park! The reunited shoes sing: »Good friends stay together«. The author tells this story to elaborate on the theme of everlasting friendship. The illustrator makes use of Chinese folk elements to endow the pictures with a Chinese atmosphere. (5+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2001 - 20
Sun, Youjun
Sun-Youjun-tonghua-quanji; 1
(The complete works of Sun Youjun, Vol. 1)
Hunan : Hunan-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1996. 29, 6, 698 p.
ISBN 7-5358-1176-0
Fantastic tales - Magic - Everydaylife - Humour
This first of four volumes is representative of the complete works of Sun Youjun, one of the most important fantasy writers in contemporary Chinese children's literature. He has won many awards and was nominated for the H.C. Andersen Award in 1990. His complete works consist of 42 short stories, among them his first work »Xiaobutou qiyuji« (»The adventure of a ragdoll «), originally published in 1961, which established his reputation in children's literature. Sun has a gift for developing magical plots in the midst of everyday-life circumstances. His narratives are full of humour, innocence and tenderness. (10+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2001 - 21
Yang, Hongying (text)
Huang, Bixia (illus.)
Liao, Wei (illus.)
Xiao-hong-chuan
(The small red boat)
Jiangsu : Jiangsu-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 1998. [24] p.
(You'er-wenxue-xinzuo-huaku)
ISBN 7-5346-1953-x
Shoe - Forest - Bird - Wound - Rescue
A little girl loses one of her red shoes in the forest and a blue bird, wounded by a wild cat, finds shelter in it. A tortoise pushes the red shoe to the river and it starts floating down the river like a boat. The red carps escort the boat until it passes the house of Xiaoya. She takes the red »boat« and the little invalid passenger home. This simple story creates a fantastic world in warm tones, full of decorative patterns and with colourful, stylised figures. (5+) ☼

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2002 - 16
Cao, Wenxuan
Gen Niao
(A boy named Gen Niao)
Shenyang : Chunfeng-Wenyi-Chubanshe, 1999. 217 p.
(Bu-laohu-congshu)
ISBN 7-5313-2103-3
Boy – Hunting – Adventure – Girl – Coming of age
It is the first time for 14-year-old Gen Niao to go hunting on his own. He shoots down a white hawk and finds a message tied to its leg. »I am Zi Yan. I was lost in a deep gorge. Help!« Yet, when Gen Niao asks the villagers about this gorge, nobody seems to know anything. One night, Gen Niao dreams about Zi Yan. He sees the gorge, full of lilies and lined by cliffs on both sides. Determined to find her, Gen Niao sets out on a long and dangerous journey on which he suffers hunger, illness, and fear and often struggles for survival. Eventually, his dream comes true. Using the pattern of an adventure story, the author makes his protagonist undergo several trials and perfom heroic deeds. By the end of the journey, the boy has turned into a strong young man. (12+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2002 - 17
Qin, Wenjun
Tian-tang-jie-san-hao
(3, Tian Tang Street)
Nanjing : Jiangsu-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 2001. 226 p.
ISBN 7-5346-2437-1
Cowardice – Friendship – Violence – Self-affirmation – Reconciliation – Everyday life
This book is the latest novel of Qin Wenjun, a wellknown and much-loved author in China. She began writing for children in 1981 and so far more than 3 million copies of her books have been published in China. »Nan-sheng-Jia-Li« (»Jia Li in Junior High«), »Shi-liu-sui-shaonu« (»A 16 year old girl«) and »Gu-nu-julebu« (»The Orphan Girls Club«), among others, have been awarded prizes for children's literature and in 1996 she won the Italian International Mondello Special Prize. Moreover, many of her books have been adapted for films and TV series. Her works always keep the balance between quality and popularity. Like many of her other novels, the poignant narrative of this book does not look for the spectacular but focuses on the joys and sorrows of everyday life. Family, school, friendship, and emotional problems of Lang Lang and his friends are in the centre of these vividly told stories. The subtle description of their feelings, told with a deep understanding makes the book a remarkable read. (10+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2002 - 18
Zhang, Zhilu (text)
Ai, Di (illus.)
Fei-fa-zhihui
(Unlawful wisdom)
Beijing : Beijing-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 2001. 266 p.
ISBN 7-5301-0885-9
Death – Mystery – Computer
There are strange things happening in a middle school: Lu Yu changes his name and behaves as if he was a completely different boy. His father, a famous specialist in brain surgery, suddenly dies at a gas explosion in their kitchen and mysterious pictures of ladybirds turn up in the collars of Lu Yu's classmates. Sang Wei, the main protagonist of the book, is fascinated by the events and sets out to solve the mystery. As an established screenwriter, the author knows quite well how to catch and hold the attention of young readers. Concentrating on speed, excitement, and imagination, the author has written a well-paced, edgy science fiction story about high-tech computer crimes in a simple and clear style. (10+)

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2002 - 19
Zheng, Chunhua (text)
Shen, Fan (illus.)
Kong, Binglei (illus.)
Youeryuan-de-nan-laoshi
(The male kindergarten teacher)
Beijing : Beijing-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 2001. 95 p.
(Guan-guan-tushu) (»Da-tou-erzi«-mama-jianggushi)
ISBN 7-5301-0870-0
Kindergarten – Teacher – Everyday life
Brother Ou Yang is a male kindergarten teacher. Every child loves him, because he is so different from the female teachers. He is extremely tall and strong and can easily lift the children with his huge hands. He tells them funny stories, teaches them how to have a sand-bath, and how to fight against bad guys. Yet, when a frog suddenly jumps out of a box, he is as scared as a little child. Now it is the children who surround him and calm him down. In this charming picture book, which is part of a new series called »Stories of Big Head Son's Mama« and written especially for kindergarten children, text and illustration form a perfect unity. The author's most famous book »Da-tou-erzi-he-xiao-toubaba « (»Big Head Son and Little Head Dad«) has been adapted for a TV series. (4+) ☼

Special Mention - Republic of China (Chinese) - 2002 - 20
Yang, Hongying
Nu-sheng-riji
(A girl's diary)
Beijing : Zuojia-Chubanshe, 2000. 367 p.
(Zhonghua-ertong-wenxue-jin-jiang-shuku)
ISBN 7-5063-1702-8
Girl – Diary – Family – School – Everyday life – Coming of age
The author of this book has a daughter in grade 6 of elementary school. In this vividly written diary she narrates events of her daughter's busy and colourful daily life. Readers dive into the girl's world, they meet her classmates, experience her feelings, and share her secrets and troubles. They witness the girl's surprise when she feels the changes of her body for the first time and see her grow into a young woman. The girl's graduation from elementary school eventually marks the end of her childhood. Full of love and understanding, the author carefully records even minor details and includes witty remarks and real-life dialogue. Thus she allows the reader to share the pains and pleasures of growing up. (8+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2003 - 18
Lai, Ma
Huangzhang-xiansheng
(Mr. Hasty)
Taibei : Xinyi-Jijin-Chubanshe (Hsin-yi Foundation), 2000. (3rd ed.) [32] p.
ISBN 957-642-521-2
Error – Time pressure – Clock
Mr. Hasty lives in a tree village where all the inhabitants are little animals and monsters. One afternoon, while all the neighbours are dressing up for a theatre visit in the evening, Mr. Hasty takes a nap. Suddenly, he wakes up remembering that he has to play the leading part at the theatre tonight. Hastily, he gets changed and hurries out of the door. Time is running out. Nevertheless, he just manages to reach the theatre in time. Yet, in all his hurry, he has forgotten that he was supposed to play his role tomorrow, not tonight. Thanks to the short text, the readers’ attention is directed towards the colourful, comic-like illustrations which focus on the topic of time and haste. The two moveable hands of the clock inside the picture book help teaching children how to tell the time. (4+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2003 - 19
Xu, Linghui (Hsu, Ling-hui) (text)
Jiang, Binru (Chiang, Pin-ju) (illus.)
Xiaolbei-he-Xiaohui
(Little White and Little Grey)
Taibei : Qingling-Guoji-Chuban-Gufen (Children Publications), 2001. 31 p.
ISBN 986-7990-06-4
Heron – Nightingale – Survival – Environmental damage
This picture book tells the tale of two bird friends, one a white heron (native to Taiwan), the other one a nightingale. Starting from the forest, they take off at different times of day to search for food. Day after day, it becomes more and more difficult to find something to eat. The forests disappear. Where once was their home, the air is now polluted and birds are falling ill. In the end, however, the two friends hope to find a new home. The fate of the two birds cleverly directs the attention of child readers towards environmental problems. The author deals with the topic of environmental destruction, which is taken up in only a few Chinese children’s books, and presents it in an informative story suitable for children. (7+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2003 - 20
Zhu, Xiufang (Chu, Hsiu-fang) (text)
Cheng, Liya (Chn, Li-ya) (illus.)
Zou, qu-dihuajie-mainianhuo
(Let’s go to Dihua-Street and do our New Year’s shopping)
Taibei : Qingling-Guoji-Chuban-Gufen (Children Publications), 2001. 31 p.
ISBN 986-7990-01-3
Taipei – Chinese New Year – Market – Street – Shopping – Architecture
This non-fiction picture book shows how a grandfather and his grandson do their New Year’s shopping on Dihua-Street. The two of them introduce the oldest market street of Taiwan’s capital Taipei to the readers. A large number of goods that are important for the Chinese New Year celebration are listed and presented here: Chinese herbs, dried fruits, fish, nuts, fabrics, and ironmongery. The 140-year-old street was created through trade between the Chinese mainland and the island of Taiwan. In those times, a lot of foreign tradesmen did business there, too. With the help of detailed, realistic pictures, the illustrator shows several houses from various different styles and epochs. (6+) ☆

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2004 - 18
Chang, Xingang (text)
Shi, Xiaojie (illus.)
Shaonian-Heika
(Boy Heika)
Shanghai : Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 2002. 234 p.
ISBN 7-5324-4914-9
Child – Growing up
In this gripping novel, award-winning author Xingang Chang tells the story of 10-year-old Feng and his dog Neite who live a happy-go-lucky way of life in Shanghai. By sheer accident, the boy learns that he is different from his classmates and that he comes from a complicated background. By now, he should actually be 18 years old but he has lost part of his memory and has repeated the same class at school for the past eight years. When he discovers that, eight years ago, he was sentenced to turning into a person who would no longer grow, he sets out to recover his and Naite’s original age. Along the way, Feng and Neite experience many unexpected adventures until they can finally start a normal life again. (12+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2004 - 19
Mei, Zihan (text)
Zhao, Xiaoyin (illus.)
Nüer-de-gushi : (Quanji)
(The story of a daughter)
Shanghai : Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 2003. 315 p.
ISBN 7-5324-3134-7
Father – Daughter
The author of this novel, a university professor of children’s literature, tells stories about his daughter and her everyday life. In the first part of the book, he tells the story of his daughter from the father’s perspective. The second part narrates the same story but this time from the daughter’s perspective. Every anecdote mirrors the experiences of both father and child. Because of the amusing events and the humorous language, reading this novel about growing up, a process that is both joyful and painful, will arouse laughter and tears. (12+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2007 - 18
Cao, Wen-xuan (text)
Zhu, Cheng-liang (illus.)
Tian-cheng-shu
(The sweet orange tree)
Nanjing : Jiangsu-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 2004. 68 p. + CD
(Wo-zai-zhe-er)
ISBN 7-5346-3009-6
Friend – Trick – Guilty conscience – Mental disability
Wan-qiao, a mentally challenged boy, falls asleep under a tree. After a while, four other children pass by. When they spot their friend sleeping on the ground, the mischievous four can’t help but play a trick on him. They laugh so hard that Wan-qiao eventually wakes up. He is delighted to see his friends and tells them that he just had a wonderful dream about their friendship. Feeling embarrassed and guilty, the four friends quickly fall silent. Unanimously they decide to make up for their mischief. The simple, yet very touching story about friendship and humanity is told by one of the most popular contemporary Chinese children’s book authors. Zhu Cheng-liang aptly illustrates this story, which is set in the countryside, with earthen-coloured pictures in naïve style. (8+)

Republic of China (Chinese) - 2007 - 19
Chen, Lei (text)
Shen, Yuan-yuan (illus.)
Lan-Pi-Tu-de-Gushi
(The story of the blue-haired hare)
Changdu : Sichuan-Shaonian-Ertong-Chubanshe, 2005. 240 p. + CD
ISBN 7-5365-3325-x
Enmity – Peace – Coexistence – Family – Friend – Love
Pigeng, a little blue-haired hare, lives in the Ying Huai Valley to which his ancestors had fled in order to hide from the jackals. Except for some wild plants with blue juice, the valley provides no food at all so that, gradually, the fur of all the hares has turned blue. After his parents’ death, Pigeng decides to pursue his mother’s dream and leave the valley. Together with his two best friends, the little hare sets off on his difficult journey. This gripping and moving story proves that family and friends are the most precious things in life and that a peaceful world can only be achieved with love and everybody’s goodwill. The numerous watercolour drawings perfectly mirror the protagonists’ moods and thus underline the text’s message. (9+)