This young Chinese novelist -- living in this country -- is sharing with American boys and girls the stories of men and women who have made great contributions to Chinese history and letters and art through China's long and momentous history. This is a group of leaders including the following; -- Huang Ti, 2698 B.C. the first ruler to bring orderly government to China, to introduce a calendar, to stress agricultural progress; Lei Tzu, his empress, who discovered the secret of making silk from the thread of the busy silkworms; Confucius, greatest of Chinese philosophers, 528 B.C. Ban Tsao, 42 A.D. who drew up a code by which Chinese women lived for centuries; Li Po, 701 A.D. great poet; Yo Fei, the patriotic general, 1100 A.D.; Tseng-cheng-Kung, 1625, son of a pirate; the Dowager Empress, mid 19th century, Sun Yat-sen, founder of modern China; Chiang Kai-shek and Madamo Chiang -- and numerous other outstanding figures in the long and checkered history of an ally of whom we know too little. Delightfully written.