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10 gift books for Children's Day

2015-06-01 07:52 ChineseTime

10 gift books for Children Day

June 1 is Children's Day, a day to honor children globally. One of the ways to bring our children happiness is by giving them books as gift. A good read could help encourage children to turn off the TV or ditch the computer games, and experience fantastic adventures. Below is a small selection of children's books that are perfect for reading on this occasion.

The author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, once said, "I want to dedicate this book to the child whom this grown-up once was. All grown-ups were children first. (But few of them remember it.)” Thus the recommended books could also be presents for those who are young at heart .

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web is a classic of children's literature by American author E. B. White, published in 1952. The novel tells a tender story of friendship, love, life and death. A pig named Wilbur has built a friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages in her web praising Wilbur to persuade the farmer to let him live.

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince is a story for children by Oscar Wilde first published in May 1888. The message conveyed through the story is that the meaning of life lies in dedication rather than what we get.

Synopsis: In a town, a swallow sees a statue of the late "Happy Prince", who in reality has never experienced true happiness. Viewing people suffering in poverty, the Happy Prince asks the swallow to take the ruby from his hilt, the sapphires from his eyes, and the gold leaf covering his body to give to the poor. As winter comes and the Happy Prince is stripped of all of his beauty, his lead heart breaks when the swallow dies as a result of his selfless deeds and severe cold. The statue is then torn down and melted, leaving behind the statue’s broken heart and the dead swallow. An angel takes these to heaven, where God deems them to be the two most precious things in the city.

Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window

Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window is a book written by Japanese children's book writer, talk show host and UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund ) Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. The book, published in 1981, recalls the writer's experiences and her teacher, Sosaku Kobayashi, at Tomoe Gakuen Elementary School during World War II. In the book, Kuroyanagi shows that children's education should be integrated with fun, freedom and love. The book is credited as one of the world's most influential works of the 20th century.

Grimm's Fairy Tales

Grimm's Fairy Tales is a collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by German brothers and linguists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The book is a treasury of enchanting folk and fairy stories full of giants and dwarfs, witches and princesses, fantastic castles and vast lakes as well as deep forests and magical beasts. It includes classics such as The Frog Prince , Cinderella, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hoods.

Andersen's Fairy Tales

Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's stories have been translated into about 150 languages. To date, since his works were introduced 100 years ago, China has published more than 200 versions of Andersen’s fairy tales. The most well-known stories include The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Two of Andersen's fairy tales are related to China. The Nightingale is set in China and tells the story of a Chinese emperor and a nightingale, while The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep tells of the romance between a Chinese porcelain shepherdess and a Chinese porcelain chimney sweep.

Andersen's Fairy Tales

Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's stories have been translated into about 150 languages. To date, since his works were introduced 100 years ago, China has published more than 200 versions of Andersen’s fairy tales. The most well-known stories include The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Two of Andersen's fairy tales are related to China. The Nightingale is set in China and tells the story of a Chinese emperor and a nightingale, while The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep tells of the romance between a Chinese porcelain shepherdess and a Chinese porcelain chimney sweep.

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series of seven fantasy novels by British author J. K. Rowling was published between 1997 and 2007. Harry Potter chronicles the adventures of the titular character, a young wizard named, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. According to statistics given in 2014, Harry Potter is one of the greatest-ever publishing successes, with more than 450 million copies sold around the world and distributed in more than 200 territories. The series has been turned into eight blockbuster films.

Pipi Lu and Lu Xixi

A representative work by China’s most influential contemporary fairy-tale writer, Zheng Yuanjie, Pipi Lu and Lu Xixi tells the adventures of Pipi Lu, the naughty but kind-hearted boy, and his little sister, Lu Xixi, who is well-behaved. Tens of millions of Chinese grew up reading Zheng Yuanjie's fairy tale stories about the two fictional characters. Over the last 30 years, many stories from the Pipi Lu series, like Shuke and Beita, Pipi Lu and Lilliputians in a Tin and Magic Cube Mansion have been adapted from books to TV series.

Selected Fairy Tales of Zhang Tianyi

This book selects classic works by Chinese children's writer Zhang Tianyi and contains the most abundant elements of fairy tale creation. Zhang's stories have attracted tens of thousands of young readers generation after generation by virtue of lasting artistic charm, enabling children to broaden their horizons and grow sturdily.

The Diaries of the Smiling Cat series

The Diaries of the Smiling Cat series is one of the most successful series by Chinese children's author Yang Hongying. The series includes a series of fantasy stories based on the real lives of Chinese children, which adopts the form of diary writing and makes the pet cat of a girl named Du Zhenzi the narrator. The series creates a literary world combining illusion and reality where animals and children communicate with each other freely. Hailed as "China's J.K. Rowling" in terms of success and influence, Yang is the first Chinese children's author to enter the mainstream English book market.

 

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