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The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale

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ISBN13: 9780525420682
ISBN10: 0525420681
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Publisher Comments:

When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they'll eat for dinner. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family's house with a skippity-hoppity-ho! and returns from the rich man's home with a feast in tow!

With spirited text and lively illustrations, this story reminds readers about the importance of generosity.

Review:

"Inspired by the Danish folktale, The Talking Pot, Compestine's (Boy Dumplings) jaunty story takes place long ago in Beijing, which Serra (A Pirate's Night Before Christmas) portrays as a bustling, cheerful village. On Chinese New Year's Eve, a poor couple send their son to market to trade their last eggs for rice so they can make a meal for their neighbors. Instead, Ming swaps the eggs for a smiling, singing wok that boasts, 'I am more than what you see!' The wok hops off to the home of a stingy rich family whose servants fill it with food, then delivers the feast to the needy family, chanting, 'Skippity-hoppity-ho!/ To the poor man's house I go.' After the sneaky wok brings them the greedy rich son's toys and gold the man has cheated others out of, Ming's family shares their bounty with poor villagers. The sight of the insouciant wok carrying away the miserly family — stuck inside headfirst, legs waving in the air — will make kids snicker. They'll also chime in, since the wok's refrain begs for audience participation. Ages 6 — 8. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Ying Chang Compestine grew up in China and now lives in Lafayette, California.

Sebastia Serra lives in Barcelona, Spain.

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writermala, March 21, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
The Runaway Wok is based on a Danish Folk Tale titled, "The Talking Pot." It is wonderfully told and illustrated and every child will enjoy the antics of this Wok who hops merrily, singing along and doing its good deeds! The magic element in the book is irresistible.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525420682
Author:
Compestine, Ying Chang
Publisher:
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Serra, Sebastia
Author:
Serra, Sebastia
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country/Ethnic-General
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Cooking/Food
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
China
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.28 x 9.32 x 0.38 in 0.9 lb
Age Level:
06-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Inspired by the Danish folktale, The Talking Pot, Compestine's (Boy Dumplings) jaunty story takes place long ago in Beijing, which Serra (A Pirate's Night Before Christmas) portrays as a bustling, cheerful village. On Chinese New Year's Eve, a poor couple send their son to market to trade their last eggs for rice so they can make a meal for their neighbors. Instead, Ming swaps the eggs for a smiling, singing wok that boasts, 'I am more than what you see!' The wok hops off to the home of a stingy rich family whose servants fill it with food, then delivers the feast to the needy family, chanting, 'Skippity-hoppity-ho!/ To the poor man's house I go.' After the sneaky wok brings them the greedy rich son's toys and gold the man has cheated others out of, Ming's family shares their bounty with poor villagers. The sight of the insouciant wok carrying away the miserly family — stuck inside headfirst, legs waving in the air — will make kids snicker. They'll also chime in, since the wok's refrain begs for audience participation. Ages 6 — 8. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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