The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
A Chinese New Year Tale

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When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they'll eat for dinner. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family's house with a skippity-hoppity-ho! and returns from the rich man's home with a feast in tow!

With spirited text and lively illustrations, this story reminds readers about the importance of generosity.

 

About Ying Chang Compestine

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Ying Chang Compestine grew up in China and now lives in California with her husband and son. She is the author of the young adult novel Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, as well as several picture books for children and cookbooks for adults.
 
Published January 6, 2011 by Dutton Children's. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Cooking.

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Elements of “The Gingerbread Boy” and a reward-for-good-deed-rendered motif are combined in this original, upbeat Chinese New Year tale.

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Sent to the market to buy rice for his family’s Chinese New Year celebration, little boy Ming comes home with an old, rusted wok instead.

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Inspired by the Danish folktale, The Talking Pot, Compestine's (Boy Dumplings) jaunty story takes place long ago in Beijing, which Serra (A Pirate's Night Before Christmas) portrays as a bustling, che

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On the eve of the Chinese New Year, the Chang family prays to the Kitchen God, then prepares to make the holiday rice cakes, the ni n-gao.

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Little does she know that the second she turns her back, the wok will “skippity-hoppity-ho” all the way back to the Zhangs.SPOILER ALERT: In this manner, the wok continues to bring home surprises from the unwitting Li family until the Zhangs have assembled the Chinese New Year feast of the centur...

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