What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor? Life in China’s Forbidden City (Ages 8 and up)

Chiu Kwong-chiu & Eileen Ng, authors

Design and Cultural Studies Workshop, illustrations

Ben Wang, translator

Nancy S. Steinhardt, editor

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 real 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.

• Winner of A Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award, Kids Books

• INDIEFAB 2015 Finalist for Best Young Adult Nonfiction

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


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