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by Mao Xiao

illustrated by Chunmiao Li Yanhong Zhang

translated by Helen Wang

Picture Book


9.2 x 9.0, 40 pages


March, 2017

ISBN 9781945295140

U.S. $15.99 / CAN. $20.99

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This is an interesting tale recommended for teachers, parents, and librarians with Chinese skills to read to children. A very sweet story with a surprising ending.

—School Library Journal

A busy book that will keep children interested and engage children in language learning on many levels.

—Youth Services Book Review Starred Review

They deftly display how seamlessly some bilingual Chinese titles fit into the American picture book market. They are really and truly great books.

—Betsy Bird A Fuse #8 Production

“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 Institute

“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

The author subtly uses succinct words to position CeeCee in the middle of all the overlapping stories, therefore an exact focus in the whole story. The illustrator brings readers to involve in the ongoing activities during the same period of time with CeeCee's friend. The detailed description of every child's activities in pictures further strengthens the relationship between text and image, and exemplifies childhood imagination and humor.

—Sandra Lee from the National Center for Montessori Education

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

Many children are playing around, some singing, some playing games, some shopping and some picnicking, while CeeCee sits all alone on the bench. Why doesn't she come to play? Everyone is curious. Is CeeCee uncomfortable? Is she unhappy? Can't she hear? At the turn of each page, we will discover the reason of why CeeCee would rather sit and do nothing than play in the bustling park.


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Mao Xiao is a productive writer of children's books. He is a member of China Writers Association. His work is appreciated by his readers because of its “unrestricted imagination and masculine humour infused with wisdom”.

Chunmiao Li is the illustrator of several award-winning picture books for children. She lives in Shaanxi, China. Her works are frequently published in various young children's magazines in China.

Yanhong Zhang has illustrated many beloved pictures for children's magazines. CeeCee was her debut picture book. She specializes in research and training of children's picture book illustrations and has trained up a force of professional illustrators.