Twinkling Books 

Outstanding children's literature from around our globe

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Twinkling Books is all about the most beautiful children’s books on Earth for all of our beautiful children. 

 

 

Smoke

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Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award for Best Picture Book
In poetic language, this book tells a story about understanding and tolerance.

Mr Pang lives on the east side of the river and Mr Shou lives on the west. They argue over trivial things and forbid their children to play with each other, and in turn, even the children stop their dogs playing with each other.

They are always fighting over something until one morning, when the two families are cooking breakfast. The family on the east side of the river is using wet firewood, giving off black smoke, while the family on the east side is using dried firewood, giving off white smoke.  

The black smoke and white smoke float gently up into the air towards each other...and things start to change…

Cao Wen Xuan is the Winner of Hans Christian Andersen Award
Cao Wenxuan, Author

Cao Wenxuan, Author

Yu Rong, Illustrator

Yu Rong, Illustrator

Duncan Poupard, Translator

Duncan Poupard, Translator

 

Summer

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In the hot summer sun a group of animals are eagerly looking for a shady place to rest. 

The animals quarrel for a spot under a tree, until finally, the elephant wins. But when they look again, the tree is dying and has only a few leaves left. Just then, they see a father and son crossing the wasteland. The father’s shadow is like a canopy over the little boy...and the animals are intrigued…

Cao Wenxuan is the Winner of Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016
Cao WenXuan, Author

Cao WenXuan, Author

Yu Rong, Illustrator

Yu Rong, Illustrator

Dr Yan Ding (Lydia), Translator

Dr Yan Ding (Lydia), Translator

 

The Wa-Wa Wonder Bird Series

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A ten book series by China’s most famous children’s book author.

A strange bird arrives in the village. Quirky, funny but with a chivalrous heart, Wa Wa make sit his mission to protect the village and villagers from all sorts of dangers. These ten books follow the courageous and clever bird as he defeats those who seek to harm the village. Simply wonderful.

“The bird was awe-inspiring with its broad shoulders, tight and shiny feathers, and beautiful curved beak seemingly made out of horn. Its eyes were black and bright, flashing like shattered glass in moonlight. It had two short, thick legs with claws that looked capable of grabbing anything. Its tail looked a bit short for the size of its body. Its appearance was formidable and somewhat ferocious. After its recovery, the big grey bird decided to stay in Black Sparrow Town instead of pursuing its companions.”

Cao Wenxuan is the Winner of Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016
Cao Wenxuan Author

Cao Wenxuan Author

 

DingDing and DangDang Series

Selected as one of the 2015 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities

This is a seven book series outlining the sweet and sad adventures of DingDing and DangDang is another masterpiece by this world class storytelling master. Sensitively told and beautifully written. 

One quiet autumn day, Dingding narrowly escaped death…

Since daybreak, he had been sitting by the river, gazing at the water as it flowed in front of Sesame Village.

The river no longer had the wild currents and ripples that it did during summertime. It was clear and still. The water was so clear, you could see the fish swimming at the bottom. The sky, high and bright, was reflected on the water’s surface. 

The sky in the water was even clearer than the sky up above.

The air was still. The clouds were like a herd of fluffy goats quietly sleeping in the river.

The world seemed like the pendulum of a grandfather clockthat had stopped swinging.”

Cao Wenxuan is the Winner of Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016
Cao Wenxuan, Author

Cao Wenxuan, Author

 

A Panda's Story

A beautiful book in every way.

This tells the moving tale of a young panda from birth in a no holds barred reality narrative, through the natural separation of mother and cub, to his growing to be a panda in the wild fending for himself who is found and taken into a human wildlife sanctuary.

 

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Glass Eye Beads

A French girl meets a Chinese sailor in Marseilles in 1925 and follows him to Shanghai where he will inherit his family's silk business. Deprivation and the effects of war and the historical turmoil of the Cultural Revolution over the next forty years circle around the motif of two inherited antique glass beads. This is their story. 

Cao WenXuan, Author

Cao WenXuan, Author

 

Bronze and Sunflower Series

Young city girl Sunflower moves to the countryside and falls in love with the animals, plants, and landscape. She is taken in by the very poor family of the mute boy, Bronze, during the Cultural Revolution. The grim rural life of the times, the vulnerability of its people to natural disasters of weather and locust plagues, all form a background to the central question of whether Sunflower can stay with Bronze's family whom she has come to love. 

Bingxin Literature Prize
National Book Award
National Five Top Project Award
WIPO China Copyright Golden Award
CAO WEnXUAN, AUTHOR

CAO WEnXUAN, AUTHOR

 

The Grass House

Huabiao Award (1998), 
14th Tehran International Film Festival - the Golden Butterfly Prize.

 

Another full length novel for young readers describing the unforgettable junior school of Sangsang and his blossoming understanding of the friendship of teenagers, the resilience growing from hardships, the beauty of life in death, and beginning to comprehend the vastness of the true meaning of life. 

Bingxin Literature Prize
4th National Book Award,
National Five Top Project Award
5th Song Qingling Literature Prize
19th Golden Rooster Award for Best Writing (1999)
 
Cao Wenxuan, Author

Cao Wenxuan, Author