Catherine Louis (Author); Fenq Xiao Min (Author);Sibylle Kazeroid (Translator)
This innovative book combines the story of Liu who goes off to visit her grandfather with a rebus-style look at the evolution of Chinese written language from pictures to today's modern calligraphy characters. You can read them, play with them, and dream about them. This book is sure to please children and adults of all backgrounds with its peek into this fascinating topic.
A bird guides a small Chinese girl on a journey to visit her grandfather after he summons her in her dream. She passes through a traditional Chinese landscape-river, forest, field, mountain, and bamboo grove-to find the man waiting for her to join him in drawing. The story's conclusion is inspired by the traditional Chinese belief that pictures may come to life. The events of Liu's journey serve the purpose of introducing one or more Chinese characters. Striking, richly colored linocuts combined with torn paper and framed in black line incorporate, in a handsome page design, a series of three squares, each tracing the evolution of a character. The first square shows a picture; the second, an early pictograph; and the third, a modern character. The accomplished calligrapher uses standard rather than simplified characters.
Ages 5-12; 32 Pages; Paperback