We have three lovely hard cover books from China - the country we are visiting this month - in picture books!
1. 灶王节 (KITCHEN GOD DAY)
This book tells the story of the origin of the Kitchen God Day and how it is celebrated. The Kitchen God day falls on the 23rd of the 12th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, just before the Chinese New Year. It is regarded as a Little New Year. According to Chinese myth, the Kitchen God observes all that a family does throughout the year and then reports it to the Jade Emperor who will reward or punish accordingly. It is therefore a tradition to thoroughly clean the house and to make sweet cakes to offer to the Kitchen God (sometimes referred to as Stove King) so that he will only have sweet things to say. Here are some wonderful illustrations from the book:
2. 牙齿，牙齿，扔屋顶 (Tooth, Tooth, Throw it onto the roof)
This book is published by the China Welfare Institute Publishing House. Written and illustrated by Liu Xun, it won the Outstanding Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award in the Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award, 2015.
3. 一个，两个，三个……蘑菇下躲雨 ((One after another... mushroom shelter)