Little Plum by Young

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In a Chinese version of Tom Thumb, Little Plum, a tiny boy no bigger than a plum seed, proves his worth by helping his father farm his land and by defeating the wicked lord and his soldiers who attack their village.

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Ed Young received the Caldecott Medal for "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China, " as well as Caldecott Honors for his illustrations in "The Emperor and the Kite, " written by Jane Yolen, and for his book "Seven Blind Mice." His work appears in "The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale" by Mary Casanova and "Donkey Trouble, " which he authored; "White Fang" by Jack London; and "Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China" by Ai-Ling Louie. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Published September 28, 1994 by Philomel. 27 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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But Little Plum makes his way to their lord's stronghold, rides a wind-blown leaf over the armored gate, keeps the guards awake all night by stirring up the stolen animals, and leads them home when the guards are finally overcome by sleep.

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Little Plum is born to an older, childless couple, whose desperate wish for a son ``even if he were only as big as a plum seed'' is granted quite literally.

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