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Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine

Crouching Tiger

by Ying Chang Compestine

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Vinson's grandfather comes from China to visit his family. During his stay, Vinson sees the wonders of Tai Chi and learns about self-discipline.
  edwardcandler | Feb 3, 2017 |
"Crouching Tiger" is about a boy who begins to learn tai chi when his grandpa comes to visit from China. At first the boy is frustrated because it feels like all he is doing is standing and not learning real tai chi, but over time he comes to understand his grandfather.

This book give the reader some insight to the Chinese New Year celebration, martial arts, and patience. I loved the illustrations a lot, especially the little pose illustrations on each page. ( )
  NRedler | Mar 3, 2016 |
Vinson has conflicting emotions when his grandfather comes to visit from China. This story shows us the beginning of their journey of understanding.
  storyLines | Jan 5, 2014 |
A Chinese-American boy learns martial arts from his grandfather. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Little Kid Reaction: I asked a friend to share it with her class, and they loved it.

Big Kid Reaction: This is an excellent book that provides a very good introduction to the Chinese New Year’s celebration. The illustrations complement the story very well.

Pros: Readers will enjoy very nice illustrations and lots of good information that is worked into the flow of the narrative.

To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.
  TheReadingTub | Feb 7, 2012 |
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A Chinese-American boy gains a new understanding of his Chinese grandfather in this celebratory story of family, martial arts, and the Chinese New Year.

Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi's meditative postures are slow and still, and Vinson quickly gets bored. He can't understand why Grandpa insists on calling him by his Chinese name, Ming Da, or why he has to wear a traditional Chinese jacket to the Chinese New Year parade. As the parade assembles, however, he notices the great respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers under his training. And when Vinson is offered a role in the parade, he realizes that being part Chinese can be pretty cool--and is ready to start learning from his grandpa's martial-arts mastery in earnest.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:13 -0400)

When Ming Da's Chinese grandpa comes to visit, he overcomes his initial embarrassment at his grandfather's traditions and begins to appreciate him.

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