Search Results: "Ying Chang Compestine"


BOOK REVIEW

SECRETS OF THE TERRA-COTTA SOLDIER by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Historical photos and Indiana Jones-style adventure enrich this tale of an unusual meeting between the Qin Dynasty and the 20th century. (glossary, authors' note, recipe, authors Q&A) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Ancient China literally comes alive to expose buried treasures in this novel co-written by Ying Chang Compestine (Crouching Tiger, 2011, etc.) and her son, Vinson. Read full book review >

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REVOLUTION IS NOT A DINNER PARTY by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Certain to inspire discussion about freedom and justice. (author's note, historical background) (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1972 China, and nine-year-old Ling is the child of two doctors. Read full book review >

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CROUCHING TIGER by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A celebration of family and Chinese New Year along with a simple introduction to Wudang martial arts, especially tai chi—and to the idea that strength can be gentle. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Discipline and warmth bring a child and his Chinese grandfather closer together. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY RICE CAKE by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Concluding pages contain a note about celebrating the Chinese New Year and recipes for baked and steamed nián-gão. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Elements of "The Gingerbread Boy" and a reward-for-good-deed-rendered motif are combined in this original, upbeat Chinese New Year tale. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF NOODLES by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"An appetizingly funny story, but look elsewhere for the real story of how noodles came into the heart of Chinese cuisine. (Picture book. 6-9)"
This story may leave your mouth watering for noodles and your chopsticks at the ready, as Compestine and Xuan (The Story of Chopsticks, 2001) cook up a tale explaining the origins of a favorite Chinese food. Read full book review >

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A BANQUET FOR HUNGRY GHOSTS by Ying Chang Compestine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"This will whet the appetites of a certain type of ghost gourmet with a sophisticated palate; those with weak stomachs should stay away. (recipes) (Short stories/horror. 12-16)"
Eight grisly horror stories are arranged to feed the hungry imaginations of readers fascinated with blood, gore, murders and ghosts, who, like their Western counterparts, want to avenge their deaths and have the things they had in life, especially their favorite foods. Read full book review >

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BOY DUMPLINGS by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2009

"An author's note gives cultural context for this original tale and a recipe for Boy-Free Dumplings. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When a hungry ghost plucks a plump little boy off the streets of Beijing, he sees supper, but—"You're not going to eat me raw, are you?" demands the boy. Read full book review >

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THE REAL STORY OF STONE SOUP by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Jorisch's bright watercolors cleverly extend the story, which, with dashes of humor and delightful classroom extensions, should satisfy kids and teachers alike. (author's note, recipe) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Acknowledging Western folklore's classic tale, Compestine bases her spry adaptation on a tribal legend encountered during travels in southeast China. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF CHOPSTICKS by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Xuan's richly colored traditional Chinese cut paper illustrations lend authenticity. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Kùai, the hungry younger brother in a large Chinese family, never gets enough to eat. Read full book review >

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D IS FOR DRAGON DANCE by Ying Chang Compestine
ABC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A recipe for dumplings and a Chinese Zodiac chart are included. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Compestine offers a simple introduction to the Chinese New Year in the form of an alphabet book, but the information provided is slight. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF KITES by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2003

"With its folkloric tone, this provides a sense of fun to a China unit or stands on its own as a story about creativity. (Picture book. 6-9)"
After offering The Story of Noodles (2002), Compestine and Xuan now turn to the creation of a Chinese pastime. Read full book review >