Picking Turnips – by Xu Zhou


         Picking Turnips – by Xu Zhou and translated by Adam Lanphier, Candied Plums Publishing, 9781945295171, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

What did you like about the book? A little mouse loves books and one day comes across the story of the Gigantic Turnip by Tolstoy. He retells the story using his own ideas. A grandfather finds a turnip and starts to pull it out. He can’t do it, so employs the help of his entire family. One by one, they join in the line of pulling but can’t pull it out. Underground, there is a family of mice pulling the turnip from the other direction. In the end, the mice win the tug of war and get the prize turnip. The illustrations show what’s going on above and below the ground at the same time. They are cleverly drawn and children will have fun rooting for their favorite side. This is a Chinese book with English pronunciation written above the characters. There are pages at the end of the book that highlight the important words in the story. There is also a website mentioned for further language study. The book is fully translated into English at the end of the book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book, especially the illustrations which are child friendly. They show a Chinese family working together, along with a mouse family working together.

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

 

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