What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor? by Chiu Kwong-chiu
Life in China's Forbidden City

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...whiny...and the deposed last emperor, Puyi, closes with a casual “See ya!” As better pictures are available and the humor is too heavy-handed to add style points, that dismissal can serve for this whole sloppy effort.
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**Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award Bronze Medal for Multicultural Non-fiction — Picture Book**
**American Library Association Parent's Choice Recommended Award Winner**

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be the Emperor of China? In this book, readers will get the chance to ask the emperor all the questions they might have about life in the Forbidden City. How was the emperor chosen? What was school like? How did he celebrate his birthday? Who were his friends? What were his favorite foods? How hard did he have to work? Could he be punished?

Through fun and engaging stories reader will journey through the average life of an emperor and learn about the people who lived in the palace, including the prince who fought off a rebel invasion, the palace maids who lived in the Inner Court, the emperor who ruled twice, and the emperor who loved crickets. This book can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, with lively illustrations that encourage reader interaction.
 

About Chiu Kwong-chiu

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Chiu Kwong-chiu is an artist, designer, and professor who explores Chinese traditional visual arts and adopts groundbreaking methods to interpret and promote Chinese art and culture. He founded the CnC Design and Cultural Studies Workshop in Hong Kong, where he provides guidance and leadership in the research, interpretation, and promotion of traditional and contemporary design and Chinese culture. He wrote the book In the Forbidden City, also released as part of the We All Live in the Forbidden City series.
 
Published January 5, 2016 by China Institute in America. 108 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books.
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on Nov 03 2015

...whiny...and the deposed last emperor, Puyi, closes with a casual “See ya!” As better pictures are available and the humor is too heavy-handed to add style points, that dismissal can serve for this whole sloppy effort.

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