Liu and the Bird: A Journey in Chinese Calligraphy

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9780735822160: Liu and the Bird: A Journey in Chinese Calligraphy

A 2006 IBBY Honor List title, this innovative book combines the story of Liu who goes off to visit her grandfather with a rebus-style look at the evolution of Chinese written language from pictures to today's modern calligraphy characters. You can read them, play with them, and dream about them. This book is sure to please children and adults of all backgrounds with its peek into this fascinating topic.

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In her life and in her work, China has had an enormous influence on Catherine Louis. Although she lives in Switzerland, a small piece of her heart has moved far away to the land of the dragon. Louis is also the author and illustrator of Liu and the Bird, published by North-South Books.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-A bird guides a small Chinese girl on a journey to visit her grandfather after he summons her in her dream. She passes through a traditional Chinese landscape-river, forest, field, mountain, and bamboo grove-to find the man waiting for her to join him in drawing. The story's conclusion is inspired by the traditional Chinese belief that pictures may come to life. The events of Liu's journey serve the purpose of introducing one or more Chinese characters. Striking, richly colored linocuts combined with torn paper and framed in black line incorporate, in a handsome page design, a series of three squares, each tracing the evolution of a character. The first square shows a picture; the second, an early pictograph; and the third, a modern character. The accomplished calligrapher uses standard rather than simplified characters. Huy Voun Lee's books introducing Chinese characters-In the Leaves (Holt, 2005), for example-follows a more coherent story line, as a Chinese boy shows his friends how to write and pronounce the characters. Louis's title provides a handsome counterpoint, both evocative and educational.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
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