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The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale

by Ying Chang Compestine

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This is a fun and satisfying book that is both fresh and interesting, although it is also based on familiar stories. The illustrations alone make the book worth reading.

Curricular connections: it would be fun to study the formula of the book (the rule of three), and compare it to other, similar stories. It has elements of Robin Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and other familiar tales; it would be interesting to compare these story elements. It would also be a good mentor text for writing fiction because of the simple formula. It is also a good connection to the Chinese New Year and Chinese holidays. ( )
  linnea_simon | Feb 12, 2016 |
Greed is not good, especially for the wealthy Li family who are all about accumulating riches. A magical wok benefits the poor Zhangs and their neighbors by stealing from the Li's. Colorful paintings suit this crafty wok tale although a stereotypical image of the toy seller gave me pause. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
We enjoyed this story, definitely familiar to one of those old fairy tales. My is fascinated by the Chinese New Year traditions, and this added extra interest to the story for him. The pictures are fun. We'd rate this 3 1/2 stars if we could because we actually liked it quite a bit. ( )
  Fjola | Apr 23, 2015 |
Summary: This children's book is about a child, Ming, who goes to the market to find food but comes back with a wok. The wok has a mind of its own and they soon realize its magic! The poor family now has this wok that can magically make them a feast for dinner!

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I really enjoyed reading this children's book. The author helps the reader get a little better understanding of the Chinese culture. Even though this book has a lot of fantasy elements within it, it gives you a look into the culture side of things. ( )
  mnorth2 | Oct 8, 2014 |
There are two reasons why I liked the book “The Runaway Wok” by Ying Chang Compestine. First, while the book is considered modern fantasy because of the magical wok, the characters are believable and well developed. Ming, the young boy of a poor family goes to a market to trade eggs for rice but instead brings home a magical wok who ends up bringing them an abundance of food from a greedy rich mans house. While this scenario is impossible, the struggle the poor family goes through is real. Second, since this book shows the difference between rich and poor, readers are able to think about people less fortunate and why generosity is important. The big idea of this book revolves around generosity and giving. ( )
  rschin1 | May 11, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525420681, Hardcover)

When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they'll eat for dinner. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family's house with a skippity-hoppity-ho! and returns from the rich man's home with a feast in tow!

With spirited text and lively illustrations, this story reminds readers about the importance of generosity.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:51 -0400)

On Chinese New Year's Eve, a poor man who works for the richest businessman in Beijing sends his son to market to trade their last few eggs for a bag of rice, but instead he brings home an empty--but magic--wok that changes their fortunes forever. Includes information about Chinese New Year and a recipe for fried rice.… (more)

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