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Crouching Tiger

by Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene

Published by Candlewick Press, 2011
40 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠩636-46424

Ages 4-8

A young boy is excited to learn tai chi when his grandpa, who抯 visiting from China, explains it抯 a martial art. But at the first lesson, all his grandpa tells him to do is stand with his arms out. This is the first of a string of disappointments that leave the boy feeling resentful, not to mention embarrassed: His grandpa insists on calling him Ming Da, his Chinese name, rather than Vinson, his American name. Things turn around with the arrival of Chinese New Year. His grandpa has been training the lion dancers, and now he has a role for Ming Da梠ne that all that standing with arms out has prepared him for! Ying Chang Compestine抯 beautifully nuanced story is perfectly paired with Yan Nascimbene抯 wonderfully composed pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations. The art offers a great range of perspectives and many details to notice, while reflecting both the grandfather抯 serenity and the excitement of the New Year festival.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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