Flame – by Chengliang Zhu

    Flame – by Chengliang Zhu and translated by Helen Wang, Candied Plums Publishing, 9781945295041, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This beautifully illustrated book created by watercolors shows Flame and her two fox cubs. She’s a red fox who tries desperately to rescue her baby from capture. Her efforts are unrewarded and time after time, she is unsuccessful. I found myself rooting for Flame and hoping she would outsmart the hounds in order to save her baby. It is a fast-moving book that will keep a child’s attention. Eventually Flame is successful when lots of other foxes come to her assistance. Baby Star runs back into the embrace of his mother and I could feel myself taking a sigh of relief. This is a book that is written in Chinese with English pronunciation written above the Chinese characters. There is a full translation in English at the back of the book along with a reference page for added language learning.

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, any Chinese language learner

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 31, 2017


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