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Book Review: Bowls of Happiness: Treasures from China and the Forbidden City


About the Book: 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 outside. There she meets and learns about the animals used on these 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.

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Hardcover: 10 pages
  • Publisher: China Institute in America; Hardcover with Jacket edition (October 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989377644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989377645
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 7.1 inches
  • Cost: $7.50 @amazon

My Review: A little girl watches as her mother mold a pottery bowl. On the bowl, she painted a little pig naming it after her daughter Piggy. The sight of her daughter Piggy makes her heart leap with joy. Piggy asks her mother to paint a tree of fresh fruit on the bowl. Her mother added a few more things on the bowl like melons, flowers, butterfly to make it pretty; it represented the joyful meeting of living things.
A great collection of porcelain bowls painted with piggy on them that were used by the emperors of China, called the Qing can be found in the Palace Museum in Beijing, China. The bowl of Happiness is one of four books. Illustration by Alice Mak helps bring the story to life with its watercolor feel.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Stephanie Ridge in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


September 10, 2015 - Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This book sounds interesting and will help kids learn about other cultures in a fun way.

    Comment by Merry | September 13, 2015 | Reply

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