Bowls of Happiness: Treasures from China and the Forbidden City (Ages 4 and up)

Brian Tse, author

Alice Mak, illustrator

Ben Wang, translator

Nancy S. Steinhardt, editor

Piggy’s mom loves her so much that she has decided to make a special porcelain bowl just for her. As mom makes the bowl, Piggy enters the world being painted on its surface. There she meets and learns about the plants, animals, and other natural elements used on Chinese artworks and the messages of happiness and good-fortune that they convey.

Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this book teaches children about Chinese artwork and culture and their universal spirit of generosity, love, and respect for nature. The loveable illustrations are coupled with photographs of porcelain art found in the Palace Museum’s collection. Children will learn about how bowls are made and be able to draw their own Bowl of Happiness after they have finished reading the story.

• Winner of A Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award, Kids Books

• INDIEFAB 2015 Finalist for Best Juvenile Nonfiction

• A 2016 Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner, Non-Fiction Books


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