Book Review: What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor?: Life in China’s Forbidden City
About the Book: 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 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.
Review: There has been 210 emperors in China and among them was one woman emperor named Wu Zetian of the Tang dynasty. These emperors did their best to convince the people of China that, they were the true descendants of Heaven. They lived in the most grandest and most luxurious buildings.
Questions are asked through out the book about their way of life. About education, family tree, and being an emperor. It was interesting to read that the Princes started schooling at the age of six, and that they have to get up before dawn everyday. How many days do they get off in a year? 5 days, while kids these days get up to two months off a year.
Do you know that the Emperor’s Imperial Court Robe has 12 emblems embroidered on his robe representing 12 virtues? This book is not only educational history wise but fun to read.
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.
About the Author: Chiu Kwong-chiu is an artist, designer, and professor who explores Chinese traditional visual arts and adopts groundbreaking methods to interpret and promote Chinese art and culture. He founded the CnC Design and Cultural Studies Workshop in Hong Kong, where he provides guidance and leadership in the research, interpretation, and promotion of traditional and contemporary design and Chinese culture.
Ben Wang (translator) is a senior lecturer in humanities at China Institute, an instructor of Chinese at the United Nations, and guest lecturer at numerous prestigious academic and cultural institutions.
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