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Picking Turnips (English)

by Xu Zhou

translated by Adam Lanphier

Picture Book


8.1 x 10.2, 40 pages

Ages 3-8

March, 2017

ISBN 9781945295263

U.S. $15.99 / CAN. $20.99

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An ambitious but not entirely successful reboot of a familiar favorite. 

—Kirkus Reviews

The delicate, expressive and amusing watercolour artwork shows what’s going on above and below the ground at the same time. Picking Turnips is a refreshing twist on a traditional tale that is sure to capture children’s imagination. 

—Outside In World

     The illustrations are cleverly drawn and children will have fun rooting for their favorite side. 

—Youth Services Book Review Starred Review

Picking Turnips reimagines Tolstory's The Gigantic Turnip in a surprising way. It is a wonderful book for young readers who understand either or both languages to exercise their language skills.

—Plant Talk: Inside The New York Botanical Garden

“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

There was a little mouse who lived in a huge pile of books. He felt very lucky to live there, because of the many picture books for him to read. Take The Gigantic Turnip for instance—he'd read many different editions. The little mouse said that they all got the story wrong, though. According to his uncle's uncle's uncle, The Gigantic Turnip should have gone like this...

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Xu Zhou is an editor at China Children's Press & Publication Group and award-winning children's book author and illustrator. He started to create picture books at the age of 51. Two of his new picture books were published in December, 2016.

Adam Lanphier grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in East Asian Studies. He lived in Beijing from 2005 until 2008, where he worked as a writer and freelance translator. Adam currently teaches and translates Mandarin in New York City. He travels whenever he can.