How do contemporary Chinese people celebrate the traditional Spring Festival? This book depicts traditional customs and scenes from Laba celebrations such as New Year’s Eve and the Lantern Festival. In the story, the Chinese Zodiac gathers and joins the adults and children in celebrating the New Year.
A man and his soul made plans to travel south… The man entered a tavern one day, and the soul awaited him in the treetops; he reveled in the Hot Spring Hotel, and the soul awaited him; he did not hesitate to leave the warm fire, and the soul awaited him outside the house. He helped someone while traveling. In exchange, he received a large sum of money. He lived in large houses, hired servants, and purchased a large number of sheep. But he soon lost everything in the casino. He had forgotten his original agreement with the soul and had grown increasingly obese. Unknown how many springs and autumns have passed, and the soul has grown old…
Trees await the arrival of birds, sailboats await the arrival of sailors, war horses await the arrival of horsemen, cherries await the arrival of spring, children await the arrival of their mothers to breastfeed, today awaits the arrival of tomorrow… A poem in which the main melody is the rhythm of life.
Birds, kites, clouds, rain, roses, trees, boats, seas, lighthouses, lanterns, dogs, cats, rivers, melon fields… Each character in the book is dissatisfied with his or her situation and wishes to be the next one. They all have legitimate reasons for aspire to be someone else. However, when they look up to others, they keep forgetting to appreciate their own circumstances.
Da Wu and his brother are visited by an elephant. It lives in their room with them and grows larger by the day. Until it becomes too large to destroy their room. Will they be able to move the elephant, and what will happen if their parents find out?
Da Wu’s older brother got a magical carpet that could fly in the air, and the dog, kitten, bird, butterfly, and Da Wu all wanted to sit on the flying carpet with their brother in turn, until the flying carpet became overwhelmed and fell from the sky, torn. But Da Wu thought up a clever solution that allowed each of them to fly again on a broken flying carpet.
Da Wu moved a snail out of kindness, but the snail was unexpectedly captured by the bird. The story then begins with a two-line narrative, one telling of Da Wu’s chagrin for doing bad things with good intentions, and the other telling of a snail’s experience after being caught by a bird, and the two lines affect each other without the characters realizing it.
In this cheerful book first published in China, readers are invited along with Zhao Di and her friends as they experience all the joy and excitement of this folk Chinese custom. Details about the paper lantern tradition are also included in an author’s note at the end of the book.
What can a hippo be? Fireman? Sailor? Courier? Painter? … Hippo has tried many careers. Although he failed many times, he is always full of confidence. The road to growth seems to become clearer after failing over and over again. Hippo not only knows how to try but also knows how to relax. After countless attempts, he gives himself a vacation and lies down comfortably. Will he think about his past failures or what he is really good at and likes to do?
The child is scribbling freely on the wall. He calls to his mother, who is cleaning up the room, and she stops to talk to him and admires his graffiti, and then they went on a wonderful cosmic journey in their imagination…