This book has two Chinese folktales: Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy and Chen Xiang Saves His Mother, both are very popular Chinese stories for children, which give a deep and lasting impression when reading it.
Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy is based on the award-winning water-and-ink animation film with the same title Chinese DVD: Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy. The story is about a cloud of newly born tadpoles seeking their missing mother through an oddly predator-free world.
They mistake a succession of animals - "uncle shrimp", goldfish, crab and turtle, garnering a new clue about their mother's appearance from each misunderstanding. Finally, they find a frog - their beloved mother.
Chen Xiang Saves His Mother, also known as The Magic Lotus Lantern, is an exciting classical Chinese folk tale that has been known and loved by generations of Chinese children. The story is based on the traditional Chinese folklore about a boy named Chenxiang.
His mother, a goddess in the heavenly palace, falls in love with a young human scholar and gave birth to him. Please see Chinese mythology: The Magic Locus Lantern for more details.
The charming illustrations and graphic design help engage young children and compliment these well-known Chinese folktales. The pictures are big enough for a small story time and kids will find plenty to look at in one-to-one sharing.
The book comes with Chinese characters and the Pinyin (phonetic transcriptions), making it an excellent means of learning elementary Chinese. The book ends with a Q & A, which helps parents engage their children in a discussion about the story.