Product: Chinese New Year Crafts
Category: The Runaway Rice Cake
Age: toddler, preschool, kindergarten, elementary
The Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine, Tungwai
It's the Chinese New Year, and the Chang Family has only enough rice
flour to make one nián-gão, a special New Year's rice cake,
for the entire family to eat. But this delicious little nián-gão
has other ideas. "Ai yo! I don't think so!" it cries, coming
to life and escaping.
Ming, Cong, little Da and their parents chase the nián-gão
all over the village until it runs into a hungry, old woman and sends
her tumbling to the ground. Though Da is a small boy, his heart is big
enough to share the treat with her, even though that leaves Da's family
with nothing to eat for their own celebration. But the Changs' generosity
doesn't go unnoticed. When they return home, they find the Kitchen God
has left a wonderful surprise for them.
Ying Chang Compestine's heartwarming story conveys an important and
poignant message about sharing and compassion. Tungwai Chau's soft and
evocative illustrations complete this tender holiday story.