Originally Published In: China
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 137
Lines per page: 4-18
Price per book: $9.30
Pinyin: with Pinyin to aid budding Chinese readers
In JoJo's search for the best literature for more experienced Chinese readers, we have found this treasure of collected Chinese classics. Each story has been adapted to appeal to a young reader's interest. With Pinyin and a color illustration on each page, these books make the traditionally "big" and "elite" classics friendly, approachable and fun for children who are ready for the next level of good stories.
三十六计(sān shí liù jì), Thirty-Six Stratagems by 檀道济
"The book is a classic Chinese essay used to illustrate a series of stratagems used in politics, war, and civil interaction. Each of the 36 stratagems is demostrated by a battle scenario in Chinese history and folklore, predominantly of the Warring States period and the Three Kingdoms Period. "
The book opens with the first stratagem: Deceive the heavens to cross the sea; Mask one's real goals from those in authority who lack vision by not alerting them to one's movements or any part of one's plan."-Wikipedia
The 36 stratagems are so influential in Chinese history that they have all become common idioms. The book's focus on the use of cunning and deception both on the battlefield and in court have drawn comparisons to Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
岳飞传(yuè fēi zhuàn) Heroic Legend of Yue Fei, by 钱彩
This story is about the legendary national folk hero, 岳飞 (yuè fēi ), who enjoys a high status in Chinese culture. There is a temple dedicated to his memory, and he sometimes still appears as a door god. 岳飞 is an enduring symbol of loyalty in the Chinese culture.
"岳飞 (1103 – 1142), was a Chinese military general who lived during the Southern Song dynasty, known for leading Southern Song forces in the wars in the 12th century between Southern Song and the Jurchen-ruled Jin dynasty in northern China."-Wikipedia
杨家将(yáng jiā jiàng) Heroic Legend of the Yang's Family, by 佚名
"This classic book is a collection of Chinese folklore on a military family from the earlier years of imperial China's Song Dynasty (960–1279). The stories recount the unflinching loyalty and the remarkable bravery of the Yangs as they sacrificed themselves to defend their country from foreign military powers." -Wikipedia
封神演义(fēng shén yǎn yì) Creation of the Gods, by 许仲琳
"This 16th-century Chinese novel is one of the major simplified Chinese works in the gods-and-demons (shenmo) genre written during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Consisting of 100 chapters, it was first published in book form between 1567 and 1619. The work combines elements of history, folklore, mythology, legends and fantasy.
The story is set during the decline of the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC) and the rise of the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BC). It intertwines numerous elements of Chinese mythology, including deities, immortals and spirits." -Wikipedia
隋唐演义(suí táng yǎn yì) Legends of Sui and Tang Dynasties, adapted by 龚勋
This book is both a heroic legend and a historical romance, and is adapted and simplifed especially for young readers.
The story tells the legendary history of more than 170 years from the beginning of the Sui Wen Emperor's (541-604) military expedition to the death of the Tang and Ming emperors. It is a collection of literary history, folk tales and popular novels about the Sui and Tang Dynasties.
Book titles: 世界经典文学名著宝库《三十六计》Thirty-Six Stratagems
《岳飞传》Heroic Legend of Yue Fei
《杨家将》Heroic Legend of the Yang's Family
《隋唐演义》Legends of Sui and Tang Dynasties
《封神演义》Creation of the Gods
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me":
Children ages 8+ will enjoy having these books read to them.
"Read by myself":
The engaging plots, the historical significance, the color illustration and the smooth Chinese translation with Pinyin will entice emerging readers, ages 8+.
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