The Chinese Wonder Book Review



Coming from a Chinese family, I am interested to share to my children some Chinese heritage and stories. I am grateful that Tuttle Publishing has published The Chinese Wonder Book by Norman Pitman. It contains 15 classic Chinese folktales which has brought joy to countless families.

The amazing stories included are:

  • The Golden Beetle or Why the Dog Hates the Cat
  • The Great Bell
  • The Strange Tale of Doctor Doo
  • The Talking Fish
  • Bamboo and the Turtle
  • The Mad Goose and the Tiger Forest
  • The Nodding Tiger
  • The Princess Guanyin
  • The Two Jugglers
  • The Phantom Vessel
  • The Wooden Tablet
  • The Golden Nugget
  • The Man Who Would Not Scold
  • Lusan, Daughter of Heaven

But my daughter’s favorite so far is “How Footbinding Started”. She found footbinding to be a strange Chinese tradition so she was truly interested to read this story.

The Chinese Wonder Book is a hardbound book with 96 pages of full-color illustrations by Li Chu Tang, This is actually originally published in 1919 and has been republished for the new generation to enjoy.

You may get this book from Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing’s A History of Japan Review


A History of Japan by Tuttle Publishing is a concise and complete history book about the nation of Japan. It starts with Archaic Japan and Ancient Japan. It also has stories on Medieval Japan. The half of the book focuses on Early Modern Japan to Modern Japan. Japanese culture and arts is also discussed all through the different time periods.

I was quite excited to read this book as a supplement for my daughter’s homeschooling since she is studying about Asian History this school year.  This book is easy to read and helped me understand the Japanese people and their culture immensely. As I was reading through the book, I felt like I was actually traveling through time and witnessing the different time periods. I liked the different photos and illustrations that can be found all throughout the book. Though only printed in black and white, the illustrations give the readers a visual idea of the various topics discussed.

The most interesting part for me is the chapters under Modern Japan. I wanted to understand how the Japanese took power during World War II and how they recovered after they lost. I now have a better understanding of The War in China and the Pacific War and how it affected Japan as a nation as well.

The authors of this book is Richard Mason and John Caiger. This is  the revised edition which is published in 1997.

This book is a soft-cover book with 407 pages including bibliography and index. It is available from Tuttle Publishing at the price of $18.95

 Photo courtesy of Tuttle Publishing. 

All About Korea Book Review

Published by Tuttle Publishing, All About Korea is a very informative hard bound book which gives the readers a glimpse of South Korean culture and life. It has a total of 64 glossy pages.

The book starts off with a historical background about Korea. It also features the national symbols of the country. Folklores play an important part of the Korean’s history and there are some stories featured in the book.


The different games and activities are also featured like Taekwondo, kite-flying, and wrestling.

The basic Korean language is also featured in the book.

There are several arts and crafts included in this book. Some of the activities included Paper Mache Mask and Korean Paper Box. There are also samples of old and new Korean houses.

There are several recipes as well. 


Truly a must have for homeschoolers like our family. We get to learn more about the Korean culture and way of life. Perhaps, this can also serve as guide before one goes to visit Korea. For more information, please visit http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/books-by-country/all-about-korea-hardcover-with-jacket

Cang Jie, The Inventor of Chinese Characters Book Review

If you want to know more about the Chinese characters and their origin, Cang Jie, The Inventor of Chinese Characters is a great book to read. I have been teaching my son the mandarin language for the past school year and this is a really good material to help him appreciate the characters even more. The Chinese characters are quite different from English and each character stands as a symbol of the word. Once you understand the meaning behind the characters, it is easier to remember what the character stands for.

Cang Jie was a Chinese historian who is helping the Emperor record all things. During his time, there were no characters yet. He invented different ways to record but eventually, he found inspiration as he recognized how different the tracks of the animals are from one another. He carefully observed the nature around him and begin making symbols for each one. This became the beginning of the Chinese characters we know today.

Cang Jie, The Inventor of Chinese Characters is written by Li Jian.  Mr. Li Jian used to be a middle school art teacher, editor for children’s books and a partner in an illustration studio. He currently owns his own illustration studio focusing on children’s fairy tales.

You may purchase this book from Tuttle Publishing . The book comes in hardcover format and has 42 pages. The book is written in a way that children will easily understand and appreciate.

For more information on Tuttle Publishing, please visit their website at http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/ and their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TuttleBooks/

Nuggies Vol. 5, If I Could Climb Trees To Be Released Soon!

Nuggies is an illustrated children’s book series. In its past books, it has featured Chomper, a hungry Nuggie and what he will do to get a treat ; Coco, a lonely Nuggie who discovers being different is okay; Pumpkin, Coco and Chomper’s new friend, and Gigi a french Nuggie who helped them as they get lost in Paris.

And the much awaited Nuggies Volume 5 will be released on March 28, 2017. If I Could Climb Trees features Coco as she tries to imagine life if she could only climb trees. She imagines herself becoming a squirrel, a lady bug, an ant, and even a caterpillar! The different scenes captures the beauty of day and night, also the transition from real life to dream sequences.

The story is once again written by Jeff Minich and illustrated by Renan Garcia. It is an adventure booked filled with colorful illustrations that touches the heart of the young and old alike! Its main theme is to encourage children to explore their imaginations and see the world through the eyes of others.

The author shares how he wants to build empathy among children.  “It takes children on a fantastic journey while also encouraging them to consider the world through many different points of view. Building empathy and understanding for others is a key theme of the Nuggies book series, and one that is woven throughout this latest book.”

If I Could Climb Trees is a hardcover book which retails at a price $19.95. It is currently available for pre-order at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and other leading booksellers. As part of its launch, it will be offering Amazon Kindle edition download version from March 30, 2017 to April 2, 2017. Check out the  If I Could Climb Trees – Amazon Product Page for more information.

Do visit the Nuggies Website and Nuggies Facebook Page for more information about the Nuggies children’s book series.