On a recent trip to China I picked up these books for the library at the Wangfujing Bookstore. None of the staff spoke English, but I grabbed a bilingual customer who assured me my choices were good ones and added the five Tutu books to my pile. Tutu’s a familiar cartoon and she says our patrons will enjoy seeing him in America. My favourites are the festival books.
Cijiuyingxin Guodanian Chunjie / Celebration for New Year by Wang Early, illustrated by Li Jian and Shen Bing
Niulang Zhinu de Chuanshuo /Cowherd and Weaver Girl also by Wang Early and illustrated by Li Jian and Shen Bing. This is about Tanabata Festival, a romantic festival that has evolved into a sort of Chinese Valentine’s Day.
The Children’s Department at Wangfujing Bookstore
The English books section prominently featured Wimpy Kid and Roald Dahl.
I love learning about small cultural differences as well as big ones when travelling – such as the packaging.