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Chinese Fables


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Shiho Nunes is a passionate educator who has authored Hawaiian culture-based novels for young adults, as well as The Shishu Ladies of Hilo: Japanese Embroidery in Hawaii. She lives in Berkley, California.

Born and raised in Singapore, Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard is the illustrator of several children's books, among them Monkey: The Classic Chinese Adventure Tale, Singapore Children's Favorite Stories, and Adventures of the Treasure Fleet. The mother of two grown children, she and her husband live in France.


"The stories and pictures in Chinese Fables are fresh, bright, timeless. They'll enchant the young and the old today as they did in the China of long ago." --Maxine Hong Kingston, author of I Love a Broad Margin to My Life
"The stories are a great introduction to Chinese culture...And what charming illustrations! This book is a timeless treasure!" --Charlotte Painter, author of Seeing Things
"The nugget of some stories dates back to between 500-250 B.C. while others are as late as 1643 A.D. Using bamboo rag paper, they have a tactile feeling of nubby paper. The illustrations are very attractive." --McClatchy
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"This collection of 17 fables offers entertainment as well as pithy bits of wisdom from ancient China. They are simply and swiftly written with an economy of prose. Elegant illustrations done in pencil and wash on bamboo rag paper echo the Chinese art you might find in a museum, and the layout is equally beautiful." --Bay Area News Group
"This collection of pithy tales is multi-layered. The stories linger in the mind the way a good poem resonates. Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard's beautiful illustrations capture the folk-tale quality of the stories...[T]he tales give quiet pleasure and make a reader think even while smiling." --The Children's Book Review
"If you are more than familiar with the offerings of Aesop and Grimm, then you will enjoy the chance to add to your repertoire with this assortment of stories of Oriental wisdom. The 19 stories in this lovely hardbound, four-color illustrated book are a fresh take on some age-old ideas." --Asian Review of Books
"A collection of 19 Chinese tales that offer a glimpse of ancient folk wisdom and shares aspects of Chinese culture and lore. Beautifully illustrated by a master artist, this book will give great joy to children of all ages." --Creative Child Magazine
"I rate this book a five-star because it was easy to read, fun to read and had great illustrations!" --Christina, Age 8, San Francisco Book Review

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