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The story of chopsticks / by Ying Compestine ; illustrated by YongSheng Xuan.

Book Book (c2001.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, c2001.
8 of 8 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 8 total copies.
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  • ISBN: 0823415260 (hc) :
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: When Kùai cannot get enough to eat, he begins using sticks to grab food too hot for the hands, and soon all of China uses Kùai zi, or chopsticks.
Authors: Xuan, YongSheng, (ill.).
Citation: Compestine, Ying Chang. "The story of chopsticks." New York : Holiday House, 2001.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 January 2002
    Ages 5-8. The story begins, "Long ago all Chinese people ate with their hands . . ." The three boys in the Kang family love to eat, but little Kuai is always hungry. His dilemma: if he picks up his food too soon, it burns his fingers; if he waits too long, his brothers don't leave enough for him. After he invents chopsticks to solve the problem, his family, then the people of his town, his whole country, and even other countries adopt his innovation. In the cut-paper collage artwork, strips of black paper define each shape and line. The spaces between are filled with other colors. Like the hues in a stained glass window, these look all the more brilliant for their proximity to black. A little long for most preschoolers, this well-designed book will please children in the primary grades most. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2001 December
    K-Gr 3-A Chinese-American cookbook author invents an explanation for the origin of chopsticks. Long ago, Compestine tells readers, when "all Chinese people ate with their hands," Keai (Quick), the youngest of three boys, was never fast enough to grab some nourishment before his brothers. In desperation born of hunger, he pulled two sticks from the kindling pile and used them to spear chunks of hot food. His family members immediately copied the tools and named them Keai zi (quick ones) after him. When they were invited to a wedding banquet, the brothers, wielding their sticks, gobbled up the delicious, festive dishes. The village children caught on quickly, but the elders had to consider whether using the new implements conflicted with established etiquette. An author's note offers facts about the history of chopsticks, explains how to hold them, describes good table manners in a Confucian context, and gives a simple recipe for one of the dishes served at the wedding feast. Xuan's handsome illustrations, boldly colored cut-paper designs recalling a traditional Chinese art, are abstract enough to suggest the "high and far-off times" of this modern pourquoi tale, yet lively enough to engage viewers. Unlike the spurious "Chop-Sticks," in Arthur B. Chrisman's Shen of the Sea (Dutton, 1968), this story is rooted in Chinese culture and offers American readers an authentic glimpse of its traditions.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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