Book Review of Ting Ting, The Girl Who Saved China
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Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Written by Ryan O’Connor
Illustrated by Xiang Minghui
Ages 6-10 | 48 Pages
Publisher: Xlibris Corp | ISBN-13 : 978-1664153189
What to Expect: Chinese culture, Chinese mythology, family, tradition
Chinese New Year is Li Li’s favorite holiday so she is thrilled when her Nai Nai offers to tell her the story of why Chinese New Year is celebrated—especially when she learns it’s all because of one of her very own ancestors! As Li Li learns about the monster Nian and how her ancestor, Ting Ting, defeated it with firecrackers and bright red clothing, her mother prepares traditional jiaozi dumplings. By the time the story is finished, it is time for Li Li and her family to celebrate Ting Ting’s bravery with firecrackers of their own!
Many Western readers may be familiar with the Chinese traditions of wearing red, lighting firecrackers, and displaying dragons on Chinese New Year, but few are likely to know the story behind these age-old traditions. By telling the story through Nai Nai and Li Li’s voices, readers will learn of the the joy of this holiday through the eyes of a child. Li Li’s dreams and enjoyment make her a relatable character and a strong female role model, and the colorful, cartoon-like illustrations bring the legend she hears to life.
Showing readers the traditions that make Chinese New Year special through an exciting story, Ting Ting, The Girl Who Saved China is a great educational tool for Chinese and non-Chinese readers alike.
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About the Author
Ryan O’Connor is a literature and writing teacher in Shanghai, China, and the author of the children’s book series Bobby the Bear. With a background in sports journalism and education, Ryan has turned his focus to writing children’s books. Through unique characters, Ryan provides children with moral and life lessons. Ryan has earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in education; he has also won numerous awards for sports writing. Ryan is a native of Pittsburg, Kansas, but has spent the past ten years living in Shanghai.
To learn more about Ryan and his books, visit his website at www.ryanoconnorauthor.com.
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