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by Yongsheng Xuan,Ying Chang Compestine

When little K·ai Kang cannot get enough to eat, he begins using sticks to grab food too hot for the hands, and soon all of China uses K·ai zi, or chopsticks, in a humorous tale of how chopsticks may have been invented.
Download The Story of Chopsticks epub
ISBN: 0823415260
ISBN13: 978-0823415267
Category: Children
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Yongsheng Xuan,Ying Chang Compestine
Language: English
Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (September 1, 2001)
Pages: 32 pages
ePUB size: 1747 kb
FB2 size: 1897 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 423
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We loved The Runaway Rice Cake but my duaghters and I were disappointed with The Story of Chopsticks. Even though we celebrated Chinese New Year with an orgy of Chinese fairy tales and assorted other books and DVD's appropriate for the holiday, the girls, 4 & 6, did not want to reread this book.
My grandkids love it.
Like new. Good price.
I've been asked more times than I could count about chopsticks--why Chinese people use them, how they started using them, etc., etc. And, my answers have been...well...lamo. The Story of Chopsticks by Ying Chang Compestine answers it for me. And, it's super cute silly to boot. With paper cut style illustrations with bright colors, the book tells the story of a boy who "discovers" chopsticks because he didn't want to wait for his food to cool to eat it with his hands and wanted to eat before his brothers because he was afraid there wouldn't be any left for him. Everyone is shocked when they see him eating with sticks but decide he's right, it is the best way to eat. And, he becomes "the happiest boy in China" when his family opens the first chopstick factory and he always gets enough to eat.

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I teach Mandarin Chinese to elementary school students. This book provides a great lead-in to teaching students about chopsticks--how to use them and allowing them to imagine how chopsticks might actually have been invented. I enjoy all 3 books in this series. ("The Story of Noodles" and "The Story of Kites" are the other two books about the Kang family's adventures and inventions). In fact, I intend to feature Ying Chang Compestine in an author study in my Chinese classes this year, with all three of these books to be included in our study. Enjoy this book for what it is, a fun book with a link to culture. The only change I would have made is the name they used to call "Papa." It's more authentic to use "Baba," the Chinese word for "Dad." I substitute Baba for Papa when I read the book to my students. Other than that, I heartily recommend this book as an enjoyable read for children.
I was attracted to this book by the illustrations by Yongsheng Xuan, which are a folklike cross between classic paper cuttings and stained glass renderings. The story is Ying Chang Compestine's fantasy of how chop sticks (or Kuai-zi (KhWy-zzuh)) (quick sticks) were invented in imperial China over 3,000 years ago. In addition to the story, the reader gets instructions on how to use chopsticks and a recipe of rice pudding with mangoes, maple, cherries and pineapple. The story is interesting and it shows how the ingenuity of a child can be accepted by adults. It also shows how siblings can stand up for each other in the face of adult questioning, and how a family can commercialize an invention for future prosperity.
Read this book with my son. The author tried to write the story in a dramatic way, but the story is not very decent and the writing is weak. Will not read it again.