The Dinner That Cooked Itself

Dinner that cooked itselfLong ago in ancient China, respectful and hardworking Tuan longed for a wife. However, the matchmaker’s suggestions were all unsuitable, either because of clashing zodiac symbols or unsimilar backgrounds. One evening, Tuan discovered a large snail. He took pity on it and took it home. The next night, when he returned home from working in his field, a delicious dinner was waiting for him. This happened night after night. Tuan learned that the mystery cook was White Wave, who was sent by the Lord of Heaven to look after him until he married. The mixed media, textured illustrations in an earthy muted palette are enchanting. Chinese calligraphy appears above certain animals and objects in the story. A note on Chinese calligraphy completes this picture book, which is based on a Chinese folktale that proposes that hard work will result in good fortune. mjw
Title: The Dinner That Cooked Itself
Author: J.C. Hsyu
: Kenard Pak
: Flying Eye Books, an imprint of Nobrow Ltd., London
: 2104
Original Language
: English
: 978-1-909263-41-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-7
: Picture book
Book setting
: Ancient China
Author’s ethnicity
: Taiwan born
Author’s residence
: San Francisco, California
Illustrator’s residence
: San Francisco, California
: Calligraphy, China, Chinese characters, Chinese zodiac, Folklore, Kindness, Snails, Tales

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