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by Chengliang Zhu

translated by Helen Wang

Picture Book


8.6 x 10.3, 56 pages


March, 2017

ISBN 9781945295041

U.S. $15.99 / CAN. $20.99

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A fast-moving book that will keep a child’s attention. 

—Youth Services Book Review Starred Review

“Candied Plums showcases the variety and art of China's children's literature at a time when the United States receives precious little exposure to the vibrancy of contemporary Chinese culture. The books can be used as educational tools to learn about Chinese language about culture, but most crucially stand alone as unique, captivating stories with universal appeal. They are beautifully produced and deserve to be read by children (and adults) the world over.”

—Michael Buening

Director of Public Programs at China Institut

“Teachers of our kids program are immediately charmed by the Candied Plums books, and instantly talked about building a fun unit plan around one or two books for this coming semester. These books are perfect for kids to get excited about stories written in Chinese, especially outside of Chinese speaking regions. I would recommend to any teachers and/or parents who are seeking fun, beautiful, and well-written books in Chinese.”

—Shenzhan Liao

Director of Education & Dean at China Institute

I'd give Candied Plums a hug if I could. We have a very large Chinese population and I'm always struggling to find good Chinese language books to add to our collection. These are gorgeous and I love the fact that they are contemporary Chinese picture books. We have many translations of American titles but not as many original Chinese stories. I am also very glad of the full English descriptions of the books on the website.

—Julie Rines from Thomas Crane Public Library

Flame was a fox, whose fur was red as fire in a furnace. One day one of her cubs fell into a trap and was taken away by hunters. Flame tracked the hunters to their farm twice to try to rescue her baby. This heartwarming tale of wildlife conservation and parental love is matched perfectly with dynamic illustrations.



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Chengliang Zhu is one of the most beloved creators of picture books in China. He won an Award for Excellence in the 2016 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition and his A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story won 2011 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. He draws on skills of making movies to design illustrations.

Helen Wang translates fiction and essays from Chinese, both for adults and younger readers. Her most recent translation for children is Bronze and Sunflower by Wenxuan Cao, published in 2015 in the UK by Walker Books.