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Xiao Zhu, Little Pig
Chinese and English version
by Katherine Liang Chew

Overview


In the rich tradition of Chinese folklore, this read-along children story tells out the smallest piglet became a soccer star and hero. Find out how, and what he discovered about friendship, in this original tale written in Chinese (汉字 with pīnyīn) and retold in English.
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Description


A bilingual read-along book for children ages 4-9, this story tells of a timid piglet who uses his powerful snout to become an outstanding soccer star (in Chinese with Mandarin pinyin pronunciation guides; retold in English). When this talent does not save him from being sent to the market, he escapes into the woods. Watching the soccer games from afar, he yearns for his human friends. Years later, at a family gathering at the old farm, he becomes a hero when he saves a small child. Reunited with his old friends, he observes modestly that of course friends help each other, so why are they fussing over him? Written in the style of a Chinese fable, this original story is built on the timeless themes of friendship, faithfulness, and perseverance, and follows the read-along tradition of Kipling's Just So Stories, accompanied by exquisite color pencil-and-watercolor illustrations.
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About the author


             Katherine Liang Chew is the author of A String of Beads and Other Stories, The Magical Dumplings and Other Chinese Fables, and Tales of the Teahouse Retold: The Investiture of the Gods. Born in China, as a young adult she immigrated to the USA, where she became a librarian, taught Chinese civilization and culture, and worked as an interpreter. She re-creates the fables of her childhood from her home in Irvine, California.

             The illustrator, Frances Sze-Ling Chew, has worked in watercolor and silkscreen for many years. A biologist, teacher, and counselor, she works from her studio in Somerville, Massachusetts.

             Sally Feng, Chinese and English editor, was born in Hunan, China. She lived in Japan and Taiwan before immigrating to the USA. Languages have always fascinated her. She now promotes multicultural exchange, practices Chinese calligraphy, participates in small group discussions and is learning harmonica in southern California.

            Wei Li, Chinese editor, grew up in Qingdao, China before coming to the US, where she attended university and became a biologist. She created a video talk series on the Dao De Jing by Lao Tzu and works with practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in eastern Massachusetts.

               

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Book details

Genre:JUVENILE FICTION

Subgenre:Animals / Pigs

Language:English

Pages:32

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781954124004


Overview


In the rich tradition of Chinese folklore, this read-along children story tells out the smallest piglet became a soccer star and hero. Find out how, and what he discovered about friendship, in this original tale written in Chinese (汉字 with pīnyīn) and retold in English.

Read more

Description


A bilingual read-along book for children ages 4-9, this story tells of a timid piglet who uses his powerful snout to become an outstanding soccer star (in Chinese with Mandarin pinyin pronunciation guides; retold in English). When this talent does not save him from being sent to the market, he escapes into the woods. Watching the soccer games from afar, he yearns for his human friends. Years later, at a family gathering at the old farm, he becomes a hero when he saves a small child. Reunited with his old friends, he observes modestly that of course friends help each other, so why are they fussing over him? Written in the style of a Chinese fable, this original story is built on the timeless themes of friendship, faithfulness, and perseverance, and follows the read-along tradition of Kipling's Just So Stories, accompanied by exquisite color pencil-and-watercolor illustrations.

Read more

About the author


             Katherine Liang Chew is the author of A String of Beads and Other Stories, The Magical Dumplings and Other Chinese Fables, and Tales of the Teahouse Retold: The Investiture of the Gods. Born in China, as a young adult she immigrated to the USA, where she became a librarian, taught Chinese civilization and culture, and worked as an interpreter. She re-creates the fables of her childhood from her home in Irvine, California.

             The illustrator, Frances Sze-Ling Chew, has worked in watercolor and silkscreen for many years. A biologist, teacher, and counselor, she works from her studio in Somerville, Massachusetts.

             Sally Feng, Chinese and English editor, was born in Hunan, China. She lived in Japan and Taiwan before immigrating to the USA. Languages have always fascinated her. She now promotes multicultural exchange, practices Chinese calligraphy, participates in small group discussions and is learning harmonica in southern California.

            Wei Li, Chinese editor, grew up in Qingdao, China before coming to the US, where she attended university and became a biologist. She created a video talk series on the Dao De Jing by Lao Tzu and works with practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in eastern Massachusetts.

               

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