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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.
In this high-spirited original folktale set in yesteryear Beijing, a magical pan becomes a Robin Hood hero. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, the poor Zhangs send their son, Ming, to trade their last eggs for rice, which, unlike the rich, greedy Li family, they plan to share with their neighbors. Along the way, Ming encounters an old man, who offers Ming a wok that miraculously pleads its own case: “Trade for me, / I am more than what you see!” Astonished, Ming carries it home, where it continues to sing: “Skippity-hoppity-ho! / To the rich man’s wife I go!” Off it bounces, and in several trips to the Lis and back, the wily wok collects food, toys, and money, which Ming and his parents joyfully distribute throughout their community. The well-paced, repetitive text reads aloud well, but young listeners will want to crowd in close to enjoy the details of holiday bustle in the appealingly packed acrylic paintings. An author’s note about the tale’s inspiration and Chinese New Year, as well as a recipe for stir-fried rice, close this festive offering. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg
About the Author
Ying Chang Compestine grew up in China. She is the author of cookbooks for adults and children’s books that introduce Chinese culture and food, including
The Real Story of Stone Soup. She lives with her family in California.
Sebastià Serra lives in Barcelona, Spain.This is his first American picture book.