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Book Giveaway: The Runaway Wok

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 12:48 pm in Books, Contest.

"The Runaway Wok" by Ying Compestine Chinese New Year starts this week, and with it, dragon parades, fireworks and all sorts of tasty celebrations. So this is the perfect time to talk about award-winning Bay Area writer Ying Compestine and her newest book for kids. From hungry ghosts to “boy dumplings,” Chinese food, culture and folk tales have always appealed to Compestine, whose young adult novel about China’s Cultural Revolution, “Revolution is Not a Dinner Party,” won 19 major literary awards. Now she’s back in bookstores with a picture book for kids, “The Runaway Wok.” It’s the rollicking tale of a magical wok, a poor family and an unexpectedly splendid Chinese New Year celebration. Very, very fun – and it can be yours!

Click “comments” and tell us, do your kids celebrate Chinese or Lunar New Year? We’ll draw a winner’s name next week. (Meanwhile, congrats are in order for Marci, who won “The Grouchy Ladybag”!)

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5 Responses to “Book Giveaway: The Runaway Wok”

  1. Cynthia Hagedorn Arauz Says:

    My children cerlebrate Chinese New Year in their classrooms. It is a wonderful holiday and they enjoy the celebration! A new book in the house would be great for my 7 year old son who we are working with on learning to enjoy reading.

    Thanks,
    Cynthia Hagedorn Arauz

  2. Ellie Says:

    We don’t really celebrate the Chinese New Year, but we do talk about it at home and are always eager to know which animal it’s going to be. Yeah, go rabbit! Plus, it’s a great excuse to make dumplings!

  3. Sheri Says:

    All of my kids (2 are half Chinese, one is not) love Chinese new year. My older half Chinese children especially love making sure that the younger child knows all the history and work on her pronunciation so she “does them proud” at family banquets. Gong shi fa tsai !

  4. mrsshukra Says:

    Chinese New Year is an important holiday in our home!

  5. Cindi Says:

    What a fun way to introduce another culture to
    my children…
    This book has an adorable cover!
    Many thanks, Cindi

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