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Crouching Tiger

By Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene

A Chinese-American boy gains a new understanding of his Chinese grandfather in this celebratory story of family, martial arts, and the Chinese New Year.

Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi’s meditative postures are slow and still, and Vinson quickly gets bored. He can’t understand why Grandpa insists on calling him by his Chinese name, Ming Da, or why he has to wear a traditional Chinese jacket to the Chinese New Year parade. As the parade assembles, however, he notices the great respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers under his training. And when Vinson is offered a role in the parade, he realizes that being part Chinese can be pretty cool — and is ready to start learning from his grandpa’s martial-arts mastery in earnest.

  • Charming story of intergenerational respect and understanding.
  • Perfect for Chinese New Year celebrations.
  • Learn tai-chi moves along with Vinson,

About the author

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of the acclaimed middle-grade novel Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party as well as several picture books and a collection of short stories, A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts. Ying Chang Compestine lives in California.

About the illustrator

Yan Nascimbene, an award-winning illustrator of many books for children, has illustrated more than three hundred book covers for publishers all over the world. His editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and many other publications. Yan Nascimbene lives in the south of France and in California.

ISBN: 9780763646424
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Dimensions: 270 x 230mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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