The Story of Noodles

The Story of Noodles

Amazing Chinese Inventions

Amazing Chinese Inventions

by Ying Chang Compestine

Illustrated by Yongsheng Xuan

Published by: Immedium

40 pages, 8.75 x 11.25 in

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781597021210
  • Published: April 2016


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Learn how the three fun-loving Kang brothers created noodles, one of China’s most famous inventions! This colorfully redesigned edition features a new bilingual Chinese translation.

The three playful and creative Kang brothers (Ting, Pan, and Kùai) discovered four of China's most famous discoveries in the series Amazing Chinese Inventions. Mama Kang needs her sons to help make her famous dumplings to win the annual cooking contest. However, this year the Kang brothers play with the dough, and soon, long strips fly everywhere.

With no time left, the family can bring only the strings of boiled flour. Everyone in the village always expects Mama's delicious dish to win. Will this new recipe wow the judges or will the three boys find themselves in hot water? The story features an author’s note on the history of noodles and a delicious noodle recipe, ideal for eating with chopsticks.

This fanciful blend of fact and imagination brings Asian culture alive for young readers. Children will enjoy the bright and bold artwork, created in the traditional Chinese style of hand cut, colored paper. Parents will enjoy the ingenuity of the main characters who teach adults a thing or two about inventiveness.

Teachers and librarians like the storybook’s historical references and how it features a bilingual translation in simplified Chinese - ideal for language classes, programs, and schools.

“Compestine's almost tongue-in-cheek tale is a nearly unbeatable combination of slapstick humor, fast pace, and food."
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books