Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 12
- Grade: 1 to 7
The fairy tales and folklore of China, like stories told throughout the ages everywhere, bring the fantastic world of ghosts and demons into our everyday lives. So it is not surprising that food makes an appearance here—each story is followed by a simple recipe.
About the authors
Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and has worked in the archives at the Vancouver Museum. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train. He now lives in Toronto.
Ghost Trainbr> Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award 1996br> Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award 1997br> Finalist for the Toronto IODE Book Award 1997
The Bone Collector's Sonbr> Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award 2004br> Finalist for the Rocky Mountain Book Award 2006br> Finalist for the Stellar Book Award (BC Teen Readers' Choice Award) 2005-6br> Chosen as Best of 2004, Resource Links.ca
Bamboobr> Finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award 2007 (BC Readers' Choice Award)br> Chosen as Best of 2006, Resource Links
The Jade Necklacebr> Finalist for the Mr. Christie's Book Award 2002
JANE YOLEN is one of North America’s most successful and respected authors for children. Among her best-loved titles are Owl Moon, Devil’s Arithmetic, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and Briar Rose. Her list of awards includes the Caldecott Award, the World Fantasy Award, and two Christopher Medals.
Shaoli Wang Born and raised in Qing Dao, China, Shaoli Wang has won great acclaim for her paintings and has exhibited widely. She now lives in British Columbia where she teaches art to children.
"Each tale is served alongside a tempting recipe and lovingly flavored with gorgeous folkloric illustrations (a visual feast in itself), making this literary banquet something to savor with family and friends across generations time and again."
"This is a fine collection of quintessential Chinese fairy tales and recipes. The stories are told with tangy and intriguing details that invite American readers to consider the Chinese perspective...The renditions of the tales are impressive and will be appreciated by a wide age range; they are easy to read but not oversimplified."
— School Library Journal
"A feast for young imaginations…Chinese folklore is steeped in mystical adventures culminating in universal lessons of empathy, generosity and forgiveness. Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook from Interlink Publishing combines a brief collection of these stories with a Chinese food recipe of equal cultural relevance. The result is a charming and fast—paced book that takes young readers on a cultural journey of delicious proportions."
— Dumpling Magazine
"This collection of original stories and adapted Chinese folklore? features noblemen, peasants, animals, gods, and ghosts in tales that frequently address themes of greed, poverty, hunger, and atonement...Wang's cartoons, a mix of full—page illustrations and spot art, evoke Chinese folk art with bright colors, ornamental prints, and naïve figures... a collection to feed the mind and the body."
— Publisher's Weekly
"Yee does a great job of incorporating the traditional stories and recipes with brief paragraphs that provide helpful historical context. An entertaining, multifaceted, and — most importantly — delicious way to explore Chinese culture at home or in a classroom."
"Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook is a delightfully quirky hybrid of fables and recipes that will satisfy those hungry for both knowledge and culinary inspiration."
— Quill & Quire
"Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts takes a celebratory look at China and its culinary traditions; the format and approach are appropriate for every child; it is straightforward and well organized with a table of contents directing readers to each tale and its accompanying recipe, and clear, reader-friendly font size and style. Wang's illustrations are clear, beautiful, and look culturally authentic; they complement the text nicely. . . Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts is a recommended addition to libraries, classrooms, and personal collections as it is both delightful and valuable literature and non-fiction.
— CM Magazine
Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary CookbookIn this enchanting collection of fairy tales, including original stories and interpretations of Chinese folklore by master storyteller Paul Yee, a glorious procession of characters make their appearance. Each tale is followed by a simple recipe for a classic Chinese dish relevant to the story.
Readers can choose to read one or more of the thirteen fairy tales in this anthology. Whether the story is humorous, magical, or ghostly, there is much to learn about Chinese culture and the world of folktales. Food plays a significant role, and recipes accompany each fairy tale, making this an excellent resource to accompany the Social Studies curriculum (e.g. Heritage and Identity: Early Societies). Information about different Chinese vocabulary and customs is also included.
Also available: The Secret Keepers by Paul Yee
Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.
Other titles by Paul Yee
Shu-Li and the Magic Pear Tree
Dear Canada: Hoping for Home
Stories of Arrival
The Bone Collector's Son
A Superior Man
Au Canada : De fer et de sang
La construction du chemin de fer canadien, Lee Heen-gwon, Colombie-Britannique, 1882
Cher Journal : Terre d'accueil, terre d'espoir
Tales from Gold Mountain
The Secret Keepers
I Am Canada Collection: (Books 1-3)
Other titles by Jane Yolen
Seasons Between Us
Tales of Identities and Memories
Seasons Between Us (Large Print)
Tales of Identities and Memories
Something New for Rosh Hashanah
Knowing the Name of a Bird
The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2
The Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts
A Literary Cookbook