Search Results: "Jiang Rong"


BOOK REVIEW

WOLF TOTEM by Jiang Rong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2008

"Any admirer of Jack London—or of Dersu, or Farley Mowat, or other chronicles and chroniclers of wolf-human interaction—will find this a treasure."
The Call of the Wild meets Dersu Uzala in the wilds of Inner Mongolia in this sweeping debut novel by retired Chinese academician Jiang. In China, it has emerged as a zeitgeist novel, outselling any other in Chinese history short of Mao's little red book. Read full book review >

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MA JIANG AND THE ORANGE ANTS by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fascinating story to read for the Chinese New Year, too, perhaps with a slice of orange for each young listener. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Porte and Cannon previously collaborated on Tale of a Tadpole (1997); this time their focus is on a different sort of tiny creature: orange ants, who play an important role in an original tale set in ancient China. Read full book review >

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A LOVELY DAY FOR AMELIA GOOSE by Yu Rong
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A sunny tale to share with members of the diapered set who aren't yet up to the emotional Sturm und Drang of Jane Simmons's Daisy or Lucy Cousins's Maisy. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Amelia Goose rises from her cozy bed, strolls outside to greet the bees and birds (they answer back, cheerily), plays in the pond with Frog until bedtime, and then retires. Read full book review >

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SNOWFLAKE IN MY POCKET by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"A nicely paced, visually fresh read-aloud treat celebrating friendship. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A snowy day transforms the world for a young squirrel longing to share the experience with his best friend. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"From the booming paigu to the delicate strings of the ruan, the lutelike pipa and the yangqin, or hammered 'butterfly harp,' a lively medley that will expand the musical boundaries of most young audiences. (bibliography) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Thirteen young musicians of diverse ethnic background ready themselves to play their traditional Chinese instruments on stage in this informative and gracefully illustrated twin debut. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"It's a very painful, very personal- -therefore accessible—history. (Memoir. 11-15)"
A child's nightmare unfolds in Jiang's chronicle of the excesses of Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution in China in the late 1960s. Read full book review >

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REJECTION PROOF by Jia Jiang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A breezy guide to dealing with rejection and transforming it into a learning experience."
A book written from personal experience about rejection—how to live with it and learn from it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREE AS A CLOUD by Bai Bing
by Bai Bing, illustrated by Yu Rong
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Perhaps 'Sweetie' would more aptly be named 'Bittersweet.' (Picture book. 2-7)"
A bird learns the value of freedom in this import from China via Australia. Read full book review >

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PRISON BABY by Deborah Jiang Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A book of hope for lives that need turning around."
The story of how discovering the secret of her birth transformed Stein's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE EAGLE by Chen Jiang Hong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Fans of Emily Arnold McCully's Beautiful Warrior (1998) may be mildly appreciative. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The creator of The Magic Horse of Han Gan (2006) offers another set of big, dramatic illustrations done in a classical Chinese style—but this time in service to a poorly written (or poorly translated) story. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC HORSE OF HAN GAN by Chen Jiang Hong
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Shelve this plainly told tale next to such similar tales of artistic transformations as Elizabeth Partridge's Kogi's Mysterious Journey (2003), Margaret Leaf's Eyes of the Dragon (1987) or the various renditions of 'The Boy Who Drew Cats.' (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Hong illustrates this new, if familiarly premised, legend about a historical Tang Dynasty artist with big, splendidly accomplished paintings, brushed on brown silk in a traditional style. Read full book review >