Search Results: "Jianxin Zhou"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ORIOLE by Jianxin Zhou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2012

"Part story, part literary rumination, part introduction to an artistic technique, this is more a compendium than an integrated app. Still, there are rewards here for reflective readers. (author blurb) (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A confusingly organized import with aural and visual appeal aplenty features a small bird on a long journey and an unusual hands-on project. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"Indeed, the wealth of detail and characters, coupled with a generally colorless translation, often makes this story feel more like a history textbook than a revealing portrait. Nevertheless, students of both China and modern history will not be disappointed by this evenhanded, unblinking biography."
Exhaustively researched biography of the revered Chinese premier who helped guide China through its infancy onto the world stage. Read full book review >

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THE COWARDLY LION by Bingbo
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sweet but not entirely successful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Chinese import that has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz despite its title asks, will friendship help banish fear? Read full book review >

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PICKING TURNIPS by Xu Zhou
by Xu Zhou, illustrated by Xu Zhou, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An ambitious but not entirely successful reboot of a familiar favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little mouse's "uncle's uncle's uncle" is the source of a lightly fractured version of Tolstoy's "The Gigantic Turnip." Read full book review >

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YOKOHAMA CALIFORNIA by Toshio Mori
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2015

"Like Sherwood Anderson's, many of Mori's stories don't have a beginning, middle and end; they're nostalgic vignettes of a life that has now passed away."
Originally published in 1949, these 22 stories present subtle glimpses into the lives of Japanese-Americans in their neighborhood in Oakland, California, aka "Yokohama." Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON'S PEARL by Sirin Phathanothai
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"Less excusable is her sketchy description of her reconciliation with her father and brother, who both apparently bore her little ill will. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unusual and often absorbing memoir of China and its leaders by a woman who, in 1956 when she was eight, was sent there with her older brother to serve as a ``bridge'' between two ostensibly hostile nations—her adopted country and her native Thailand. Read full book review >

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WANT by Cindy Pon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"An exciting, socially conscious futuristic thriller. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
In a future Taiwan, street kid Jason Zhou disguises himself as one of the wealthy elite in order to take down a murdering CEO. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For readers who can get past the hagiographic apologias and the surfeit of exculpatory particulars on ancient enmities: an idiosyncratic text that offers intriguing perspectives on a life story that remains to be more judiciously told."
A detailed but reverential biography of Chinese political leader Zhou Enlai. Read full book review >