Ten blocks to the Big Wok A Chinatown counting book

Ying-Hwa Hu

Book - 2022

"In this bilingual book in English and Mandarin, as Mia, her uncle, and a hungry kitten make their way through Chinatown to the Big Wok restaurant, they count one panda, two lions, and other images of Chinese culture"--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Children's Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Chinese
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Audience
Ages 3-5.
Grades K-1.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781643790688
1643790684
Main Author
Ying-Hwa Hu (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Hu's charming bilingual book, written in both English and Mandarin Chinese, will be an entertaining counting book for young children of any background. As little Mia and her Uncle Eddie walk the 10 blocks through Chinatown to a restaurant for dim sum, they encounter a number of items along the way that are important symbols in Chinese culture: a panda, lions made of stone, bonsai trees, and silk fans. A small, curious caramel-and-white kitten tags along as the two make their way to a delicious meal, adding a fun seek-and-find element. In addition to listing the numbers 1 through 10, the author/illustrator uses ordinals and even offers a backwards countdown from 10 to 1, listing the variety of foods Mia and her uncle have ordered. Colorful illustrations in watercolors and pastels with some digital assistance are cheerful and show Chinatown from a variety of perspectives, making each detailed picture a joy to study. An author's note explains the Chinese symbols featured and includes a pronunciation guide for counting in Mandarin. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

In her solo debut, Hu (Jingle Dancer) presents an immersive bilingual counting tale as young Mia is escorted by her bespectacled uncle Eddie, both presumably of Chinese descent, to dim sum at the Big Wok. As the duo travels 10 blocks through Chinatown streets with strong similarities to Manhattan's, observational English text follows ("On the sixth block, six bundles of sweet Emperor lychee hang from Uncle Chuck's fruit stand"), interspersed with friendly dialogue; Mandarin translations appear beneath, and relevant numbers in both languages adorn each spread's bottom right corner. The softly textured, warm-hued watercolor and pastel artwork, manipulated digitally, provides sunny accompaniment to the duo's outing, with recognizable contemporary touches such as signs for boba as well as steamed custard buns in the shape of pigs and pandas. Young readers will also enjoy spotting a cat throughout the pages as delighted Mia's clear enthusiasm for her community and food shines through. Back matter includes an author's note with more information on each counted item, as well as a guide to numbers one to 10 in English and Chinese, including phonetic pronunciations for each. Ages 3–5. (Jan.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

In her solo debut, Hu (Jingle Dancer) presents an immersive bilingual counting tale as young Mia is escorted by her bespectacled uncle Eddie, both presumably of Chinese descent, to dim sum at the Big Wok. As the duo travels 10 blocks through Chinatown streets with strong similarities to Manhattan's, observational English text follows ("On the sixth block, six bundles of sweet Emperor lychee hang from Uncle Chuck's fruit stand"), interspersed with friendly dialogue; Mandarin translations appear beneath, and relevant numbers in both languages adorn each spread's bottom right corner. The softly textured, warm-hued watercolor and pastel artwork, manipulated digitally, provides sunny accompaniment to the duo's outing, with recognizable contemporary touches such as signs for boba as well as steamed custard buns in the shape of pigs and pandas. Young readers will also enjoy spotting a cat throughout the pages as delighted Mia's clear enthusiasm for her community and food shines through. Back matter includes an author's note with more information on each counted item, as well as a guide to numbers one to 10 in English and Chinese, including phonetic pronunciations for each. Ages 3–5. (Jan.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Mia and her uncle are walking through Chinatown to a dim sum restaurant in this fun counting book. There are 10 blocks to walk, and each block offers something to explore, such as two stone lions on the second block or five neighbors practicing tai chi on the fifth block. When they get to the restaurant, Mia counts out 10 soup dumplings, nine fried wontons, and on down to one: the one bowl of steamed anchovies will go to the cat that eagle-eyed readers will have noticed accompanying the young girl through the neighborhood. Mia and her uncle are of East Asian, and likely Chinese, descent. Back matter offers brief explanations of the cultural significance of several items from the story and illustrations, such as dim sum or goldfish. The back matter also includes how to count to 10 in Mandarin, although there is no information on tones. The text is in English and simplified Chinese characters. VERDICT This engaging read is almost as enjoyable as the everyday adventure it depicts. A good choice for story time as well as one-on-one sharing.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington Cty. P. L., VA Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.