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Rory the Rabbit

by Yimei Wang

illustrated by Chunmiao Li & Xuan He

translated by Adam Lanphier

Picture Book


9.2 x 9.0, 40 pages


March, 2017

ISBN 9781945295164

U.S. $15.99 / CAN. $20.99

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Double-page spreads showcase cute, playful critters rendered in muted yet vibrant tones characteristic of Chinese brush painting. Young children will relate to Rory’s dilemma and respond to the adorable illustrations.

—Kirkus Reviews

A heartwarming and funny book with great illustrations.

—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 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

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

Rory is a happy rabbit living with his friends. One day he looked at his reflection in the stream and saw that his ears were much shorter than the other rabbits'. So he decided not to be a rabbit anymore. But it was even harder to pretend to be someone else and lead their lives. You'd be a lot happier if you would just be yourself.


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Yimei Wang is an award-winning children's book author. Many of her works have been featured in primary school textbooks. She has been a kindergarten teacher for thirteen years in Jiangsu and became a member of China Writers Association in the year 2003.

Chunmiao Li is the illustrator of several award-winning picture books for children. She lives in Shaanxi, China.

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.