Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? A young boy’s good works and service are rewarded with the blossoming of a beautiful lotus flower. The master gives three boys very precious thousands of years old lotus seeds with the instruction to take the seeds and plant them and make them grow. Each boy had a different approach. One boy planted his seed immediately, but the cold snows killed it. The next boy spent hours researching how to grow a lotus plant. His plant sprouted, but when he covered it with a gold dome, it died of lack of sunshine. The third boy continued on his daily routine, of shoveling a path for the monks, or buying groceries for them. In the spring he planted his seed by a pond and it grew into a beautiful flower. Children will love the illustrations rendered in Chinese painting. Both parents and teachers can have a discussion with children about the moral of the story. This is a book that is written in Chinese with English pronunciation written above the characters. There is a reference page at the back of the book, aiding in language development.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.
To whom would you recommend this book? Children ages 2-5. It is also certified appropriated for novice learners of Chinese by the ACTFL Proficiency guidelines.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, Chinese immersion classes,
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher Washington, DC.
Date of review: July 30, 2017