Little ones will have fun mimicking the characters, without realizing they're learning Chinese at the same time.
The presentation of illustration is brilliant, including the styles and expressions of characters, the composition, the rhythm and continuity between pages. This seemingly simple yet enriched picture book has surprising and impressive control of childhood and withstands repeated reading and appreciation.
—Sarah Chien-Hua Ko (Children's picture books literature critic)
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
A boy met a frog. The frog said, "I can squat." "I can squat too." "I can jump." "I can jump too." They had so many things in common that the frog mistook the boy as the lost prince of the frog kingdom. What would the boy do to convince that he was not?
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”.
Wei Chen graduated from Design Department of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in Shaanxi. He is the author of several beloved picture books for children. He lives in Xi'an.
Xiaomin Huang graduated from Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in Shaanxi. She creates illustrations that capture a childlike sense of aesthetics and perspectives. She lives in Xi'an.
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.