Illustrated Classic Chinese Tales: Idioms Stories
Ten short tales featuring Chinese adages have been selected for the “Idioms” section in this series of Illustrated Bilingual Parables from China. Each tale is a stand-alone book with illustrations. With simple storylines and vivid descriptions, they provide a glimpse into how ancient Chinese people lived and thought -- and how these parables evolved into idioms still used today. They usher readers into the treasure trove of Chinese literature and nourish young minds like sweet spring water.
The books feature original colour illustrations, and the English translations have been proofread by a native English speaker. The Chinese text at the end of the book also has pinyin for those who are learning the language. These books can help Chinese and foreign children to learn both English and Chinese, while gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.
One night a wolf gnawed a hole in a sheepherder’s pen, and returned the following night to steal a lamb. Reasoning that just one of his sheep had gone missing – while the rest of his flock remained untouched – the sheepherder initially ignored advice to fix the fence. But more of his sheep were snatched in the nights that followed, and he finally realized that he’d best mend the pen.